DIE Veneris, 2 die Julii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Ash.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. La Warr.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Heath and Mr. Sadler return with this Answer
from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Vote and the Letters to be
sent to the General and the Commissioners with the
King: (Here enter them.) To the rest, they will return an Answer by Messengers of their own.
This Day the House accepted of Wm. Witherington,
of Broome, in the County of Durham, Gent. and Wm.
Stevens, of Drury Lane, Midd. Cutler, to be Bail for
Colonel Thomas Ogle.
And it is Ordered, That the Gentleman Usher shall
take Bail of the said Colonel Thomas Ogle, in the Sum
of Five Hundred Pounds, and One Hundred Pounds
apiece his Sureties, to appear before the Lords in Parliament within Ten Days after Notice given him.
Message from the H. C. with a Vote for the King not to be brought nearer London than the Army is.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Robert Pye Knight, &c.
To desire Concurrence in a Vote, "That the King
shall not be brought nearer to London than the Quarters of the Army shall be."
The Question being put, "Whether to agree to
this Vote now brought up?"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest against it.
These Lords following, before the putting the aforesaid Question, desired Leave to enter their Dissents, if
this Question be carried in the Affirmative: Which
being granted, they entered their Dissents, by subscribing their Names.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees in the Vote now brought
Persons Names to be returned, who obstruct the Reformation of the University at Cambridge.
The House being made acquainted, "That there
are some Persons in the University of Cambridge,
that do obstruct the Reformation in that University:"
Hereupon it is Ordered, That the Vice Chancellor
and the Heads of the Colleges do send the Names of
such Persons to this House; and that a Letter be sent
from both Houses to this Purpose.
Letter, &c. from the Commissioners with the Army.
The Letter, with the Papers inclosed, from the Earl
of Nottingham, was read; and the Vindication of the
Ordered, To be printed and published.
(Here enter it.)
Sir J. and Ly. Thynn.
Ordered, That the Lady Thynn shall put in her
Answer to the Petition of Sir James Thynne, on Tuesday next; else this House will give an Injunction, and
proceed in the Business.
Sir E. Hawley, a Pass.
Ordered, That Sir Edward Hawley shall have a
Pass, to go into France, with Three Servants, and Accommodations fit for Travel.
Propositions for Peace.
The House was adjourned into a Committee of the
whole House during Pleasure, to debate the Propositions to be sent to the King, for a safe and well-grounded Peace.
The House was resumed.
It is Ordered, That the Propositions shall be the
First Business To-morrow Morning, and in Particular
the Proviso brought from the House of Commons.
Vote for the King to come no nearer London than the Army.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That, during the Time that the
Houses shall think fit to keep up the Army, no Place
shall be appointed for His Majesty's Residence nearer
to London than they will allow the Quarters of the
Army to be."
Message to the H. C. for Col. Sheffield to carry Horse and Dragoons to Ireland.
Ordered, That Colonel Thomas Sheffield shall (fn. *) have
Liberty to carry such Dragoons and Horse into Ireland, as came from the Army, as he can prevail to go
with him; and the Concurrence of the House of Commons to be desired herein.
To this Purpose, a Message was sent to the House
of Commons, by Doctor Heath and Mr. Sadler.
Petition from the City.
This Day a Petition was presented, by divers Aldermen and others, from the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and
Common Council, of the City of London; which was
received, and read publicly. (Here enter it.)
The Persons presenting it withdrew.
And they being called in again, had this Answer (fn. *) de
livered to them:
Answer to it.
"That their Lordships have had a long Experience
of the good Affections of the City of London to the
Parliament and Kingdom; and they return their Acknowledgement for the same: As to the Particulars
in the Petition, which are many and long, they will
take them into their speedy Consideration."
P. Elector, Leave to go to the King.
Upon reading of a Letter from the Prince Elector,
desiring Leave to go to the King: It is Ordered, That
the Earl of Denbigh be desired to acquaint his Electoral
Highness, from this House, that their Lordships give
him Leave, as he desires.
Order for 100 l. to Husbands, for printing Parliamentary Papers.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That the Commissioners of the Excise
do forthwith pay unto Edward Husbands Stationer
(who hath printed many Matters, to his great Charge,
upon Order, and for the immediate Service, of the
Parliament) the Sum of One Hundred Pounds, and
put it upon the Accompt of Charges; and that the
said Sum of One Hundred Pounds be allowed to
the said Commissioners, upon passing their said Accompts; and that the Acquittance of the said Edward
Husbands shall be a sufficient Discharge to the said
Commissioners, upon passing their Accompt, for the
Payment of the said Hundred Pounds accordingly."
Petition from the City, that Officers and Soldiers may not come within the Lines, but to settle their Accompts;—that the Public Money may be accompted for, Defaulters punished; and the Receipts of it new regulated;—to provide Laws for settling the Government;—to consider of Relief for Ireland;—to preserve a good Correspondence with the Scots;—for the Settlement of Religion;—and for an Act of Oblivion.
"To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
in High Court of Parliament.
"The humble Petition of the Lord Mayor,
Aldermen, and Commons, of the City
of London, in Common Council assembled,
"That the Petitioners cannot but call to Mind the
Deliverance which they [ (fn. †) and the whole] Kingdom
do justly expect from this Parliament, after so many
Years suffering under the Power of an arbitrary Government, both in their Spiritual and Temporal Concernments; and they do humbly acknowledge, that
the Parliament hath removed many Obstacles; and
are confident would, by this Time, with God's Blessing, have restored the Kingdom to its just Liberties,
and settled a sure Foundation for its future Happiness, if they had not been diverted by the great
Contrivers of the Kingdom's Slavery, who, rather
than submit to the Justice of this High Court, have
raised, maintained, and continued, a bloody, unnatural, and long War against the Parliament of
England; in the Suppression whereof, as much Blood
hath been spilt, so a great Treasure hath been spent,
and the Kingdom is still left involved in many Engagements and Debts, both to their Brethren of Scotland (who, like true Christian Brethren, came in to
its Aid against the Common Enemy), and also to a
Multitude of Officers, Soldiers, and other the Wellaffected People of this Land, who did engage in
the Defence and Support thereof: And although
the Petitioners, in the Obligation which the Cause of
God and the Public Safety did cast upon them, have
all this Time both freely contributed, and chearfully submitted, to many great and unusual Assessments,
which also could not be levied but in an extraordinary Way; yet they cannot be unsensible how much
arbitrary Power hath been during their Distempers
exercised, by Committees and others, by whom the
good Subject hath been oftentimes more oppressed
than the Delinquents suppressed, and who have
managed their Receipts and Revenues, which were
designed to maintain the Public Charge, so disorderly and ineffectually, that the Kingdom cannot but be
unsatisfied concerning the due Employment thereof,
and doubt that much of the Public Money hath
been employed to Private Ends, and remains obscured in the Hands of such as were intrusted with
the Collection of those Assessments, and the Improvement of all Sequestrations to the public and best Advantage. And indeed the Petitioners have Reason
to attribute much of the late Discontents and Disorders of divers Officers and Soldiers unto the Want
of such Monies as, if duly collected and faithfully
managed, might have in good Part, if not fully,
satisfied the Soldiery; and do humbly conceive, that
the Parliament hath so much the more Reason to enquire into the same, because from this Defect hath
risen those late Attempts of some of the Soldiery;
and there is such Use made of the Vote passed by the
Parliament for their Satisfaction, to invite and draw
together very great Numbers of Officers and Soldiers
from all Parts of the Kingdom, under Pretence of
sharing the Money so obtained, that it may very
much endanger the Peace and Safety of the City.
"The Petitioners, therefore, for Remedy of the
said Grievances, and Prevention of those Dangers
which otherwise may be feared, and for Settlement
of this miserable and distracted Kingdom, do humbly
"1. That present Command be given, that no
Officer of War, or Soldier, other than such
as are already come in, do enter the Line of
Communication, under any Pretence to share
in the Monies lately appointed by Parliament towards the Satisfaction of any Arrears.
"2. That such Officers and Soldiers who are already paid, according to the late several Ordinances of Parliament in this Behalf made, if
their usual Habitation and Employment have
been within the Line, be enjoined forthwith
to betake themselves to their Callings, or
some honest Condition of Living, and be
prohibited from their loose and tumultuous
Wanderings and Meetings within this City,
and other Places adjacent, under Penalty of
losing their Arrears; and that such Officers
and Soldiers as have Dwellings or other Relations in the Country be required to depart
the Line within Two Days after Publication,
and to return to their Houses or Habitations,
and there to apply themselves to their several
Callings, upon the like Forfeiture of their
Arrears (except such whose present and lawful Occasions may require their Continuance,
to be approved of by a Committee for that
Purpose to be appointed); and that the Parliament would please to make some speedy
and certain Provision, for the satisfying of
all Arrears unto the Soldiery who have served
the Parliament, within some short and convenient Time; to be paid in the several
Counties and Places of their Abode, according to the Conditions of their Entertainment.
"3. That all Officers and Soldiers, who have been
in Arms against the Parliament, or others
who have assisted or contributed thereunto,
be enjoined, upon Pain of Imprisonment,
within Twenty-four Hours after Publication,
to repair to their several Habitations, and fall
to their lawful Callings; and that such Officers, Soldiers, and others, as have no Habitations nearer, be commanded forthwith to
withdraw themselves, and to continue at least
Twenty Miles from London, for the Space of
Forty Days, except such as by a Committee
authorized and appointed to that Purpose
shall have Licence, upon just Cause by them
allowed, to remain in or nearer London so long
Time until they have dispatched such Business as they shall have in or near the City;
which ended, then presently to retire Twenty
Miles from the City, upon Pain of Imprisonment as aforesaid.
"4. That all such Commanders and Soldiers as,
according to former Orders of Parliament,
have come in from the Army, having received their Monies, may be otherwise disposed of, as the Parliament shall think fit.
"5. That all Persons whatsoever, that are possessed of any Monies or Goods belonging to
the Public, may be enjoined to bring the same,
within One Month after Publication, in to
such Public Treasury as is or shall be appointed for that Purpose, under Penalty to
forfeit Treble the Value which shall be duly
proved to be concealed; the Half of the
Forfeiture to be given to such Person as shall
make Proof of such Concealment, and the
other Half to be applied to the Service of
"6. That all Revenues, as well such as are due
by Sequestration or otherwise, be managed
under such Commissions, and by such Persons, as, notwithstanding any Privilege of
Parliament or otherwise, may be held to such
Rules as are or shall be prescribed therein by
Ordinance of Parliament, and be liable for
Breach thereof to answer the same in due
Course of Law; and that no arbitrary Power
may be exercised to the contrary, by any Person whatsoever.
"7. That the Parliament would for present please
to lay aside all Business of lesser Consequence
or private Concernment; and improve their
Time and utmost Endeavour, that such Laws
may be prepared for His Majesty's Royal
Concurrence, as may settle the Government
of the Church, secure the People from all
unlawful arbitrary Power whatsoever in the
future, and restore His Majesty to His just
Rights and Authority, according to the Covenant; without all which, the Petitioners can
never expect any lasting Establishment; that
so this long-divided and distracted Kingdom
may attain to the Blessings of Peace and Unity
in Church and Commonwealth.
"8. And, that the People may be the better secured to enjoy the intended Effect of such
Laws as shall be so made with the Royal Assent, that especial Care be taken that all Officers of State and other Ministers of Justice
may be Persons of Honour, of considerable
Interest, and of known Integrity to the Parliament (fn. *) and Kingdom.
"9. That the Parliament would please to provide for the carrying on of the Affairs in
Ireland, by speedy transporting the Forces
which lie ready on the Sea Side, and such
others as shall be willing to engage in that
Service; and, by such continual Supplies as
are requisite, to reduce that Kingdom to the
Obedience of the Crown of England, and
rescue the good Party left there out of the
bloody Hands of those barbarous Rebels;
and, for the better Encouragement of the
Subjects of this Kingdom to continue their
Supplies for that Service, that, with as much
Speed as conveniently may be, the Parliament will please to take Care that the People be eased of such extraordinary Charges
and Burthens as have long lain and still remain upon this Kingdom.
"10. That, by all just and good Means, the
Correspondence with our Brethren of Scotland may, according to the National Covenant,
be maintained and preserved.
"11. That some speedy Course may be taken,
for the deciding of all Causes formerly determinable in the Court of Admiralty; the
Trade and Navigation of this Kingdom, and
the Correspondence with Foreign Nations,
being very much prejudiced, disturbed, and
endangered, for Want of due Provision herein, as hath formerly been at large represented
unto the Honourable House of Commons.
"12. And lastly, that, Satisfaction being made by
Delinquents according to the Wisdom of Parliament, an Act of Oblivion may be passed,
for an utter Abolition and final Reconcilement of all Parties and Differences; and for
the quiet Settling of Peace, Love, and Unity,
among the Subjects of this Kingdom.
"All which the Petitioners submit unto the
Wisdom of this Honourable House.
Letter to the Commissioners with the King; with the following
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"We are commanded, by the Lords and Commons
in Parliament assembled, to send you this inclosed
Vote; and to desire you to observe your former Instructions. We send you here inclosed the Letter
and Vote they have sent to Sir Thomas Fairefax."
Letter to Sir T. Fairfax, to see the Votes for removing the King to Holdenby put in Execution.
"We are commanded, by the Lords and Commons
assembled in Parliament, to send you this inclosed
Vote, and to desire you to see it punctually observed.
This is all we have in Command, as
"Resolved, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament,
"That a Letter shall be sent to Sir Thomas Fairefax, to see the Two Votes of the 28th and 29th of
June last put in Execution; and to give Order to the
Guards now with the King, to observe all Directions
they shall receive from the Committee of Parliament.
"To write to the Commissioners, to put in Execution the Votes of the 28th and 29th of June last."
Letter from the Commissioners with the Army, concerning the Treaty with Sir T. Fairfax, &c.
"For the Right Honourable Edward Earl of
Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers.
"Haste, Haste, Haste.
"May it please your Lordship,
"Upon Consideration had of the General's Paper
which we sent you this Morning, we have this Day
made a farther Address to the General, desiring him
to make known unto us the Persons who should
treat with us upon the Papers and Desires sent from
the Army to the Houses, and the Votes sent to us,
and Time and Place of Meeting; a Copy of which
Letter of ours to the General I send you inclosed:
In Answer to which, the General (fn. *) sent unto us this
Evening, by Colonel Fleetwood, a Commission under
his Hand and Seal, for certain of his Officers to treat
with us (beginning in the Morning at our Lodging
by Eight of the Clock), a Copy whereof I also send
you. Of our Proceeding therein your Lordships shall
receive frequent Account. We have likewise this Day
received from the General a Vindication of the Army
from a printed Pamphlet, published to the Scandal
and Prejudice of the Army, a Copy whereof you shall
receive inclosed, from,
Wickham, 1 Julii, 1647, 11 at Night.
Letter from them to him about it.
"May it please your Excellency,
"We have considered your Letter to us, dated
Yesterday, in which we perceive your Excellency
is ready to appoint Officers to treat with us upon
the Papers and Desires sent from the Army to the
Houses, and the Votes sent to us; and therefore we
do again desire, that the Persons, Time, and Place,
may be made known to us; the principal of our
last Propositions being (to our Apprehensions) already fully answered; and the rest are under Con
sideration, which we hope this Day will be perfected.
1 July, 1647.
Your humble Servants,
"To his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairefax
Knight, General of all the Parliament's Forces.
"Copia vera, exam.
per Geo. Pyke."
Sir T. Fairfax's Commission, for Officers to treat with the Commissioners about the Propositions from the Army.
"I do hereby appoint Lieutenant General Cromwell,
Commissary General Ireton, Colonel Fleetwood, Colonel Rainborowe, and Colonel Harrison, Colonel Sir
Hardresse Wallex, Colonel Rich, Colonel Lambert,
Colonel Hamond, and Major Disborowe, these Ten,
or any Five of them (of which the major Part to be
of the Five last), to treat and debate with the Right
Honourable the Commissioners of Parliament residing with the Army, upon the Papers and Desires
sent from the Army to both Houses, and the Votes
sent to the Army, according to the Effect of the Order of both Houses, dated the 26th of June, 1647;
and, for that Purpose, to attend the said Commissioners at their Lodging, at The Katherine Wheele,
To-morrow Morning, by Eight of the Clock; and so
from Time to Time, and Place to Place, as shall be
mutually agreed on.
"Given under my Hand and Seal, at Wickham, the
First Day of July, 1647.
"Copia vera, exam.
per Geo. Pyke."
Vindication of the Army, from a Charge aginst them in a Pamphlet, &c.
"Whereas we find a Pamphlet lately printed and
published, bearing the Title of "Heads presented by
the Army to the King's Majesty, on Saterday June the
19th, 1647;" though we think it will of itself
appear such a confused headless Piece, so surreptitiously crept forth, and in such a pure Pamphletdress (as we hope it will gain little Belief to our Prejudice); yet, to avoid any Jealousies or doubtful
Thoughts which it might possibly breed in any honest Mind, we cannot but take Notice of it; and,
for the Vindication of the Army, do hereby declare,
That the said printed Pamphlet is most false, scandalous, and injurious, to us and this Army; neither hath
there been any such Paper presented to His Majesty by or from this Army: And the same we prosess and declare, with great Detestation, concerning
another written Paper, whereof we had a Copy shewed to us Yesterday by the Commissioners of the
City, intituled, "Articles agreed uppon betweene the
King and the Army, the 16th of June." And we desire all that wish well to this Army, or the King, or
Parliament, or Peace of this Kingdom, that they
would do their best to find out and discover the Authors and Publisher of the said Paper and Pamphlet,
or any else of that Nature that may be divulged
concerning the Army, to interrupt or prejudice the
present Settling and Composure of Affairs. And we
hope it will not be further needful or expected from
us, that we should give particular Answer to every
such scandalous Paper which the Malice of our Enemies may forge against us; but what we have published to the World in our Representation, and other
Papers avowed by us, may serve to clear our Intentions, until we shall appear to act something to the
"By the Appointment of his Excellency Sir Tho. Fairfax, and his
Council of War.
Wickham, July 1, 1647.
Letter from the P. Elector, desiring Leave to go to the King.
"The unhappy Differences between the King and
Parliament being in a hopeful Way of Composure,
and His Majesty for the present near these Parts; it
is looked upon as what may well become my Duty,
in the near Relation I have to Him, to make a
Journey to kiss His Hands: Yet, out of my Respects (which are unalterable) to this House, I thought
fit to forbear it, until I know whether they will approve of it. I do therefore desire your Lordship to
acquaint them herewith, that, in case it stand with
their Liking, I may send also to know His Majesty's Pleasure therein. Thus I rest
July 2d, 1647.
Most affectionate Friend to serve you,