DIE Veneris, 13 die Augusti.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Staunton.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Preachers at the Thanksgiving thanked.
Ordered, That Mr. Marshall and Mr. Nye shall
have Thanks given them, for their Pains Yesterday; and
desired to print and publish their Sermons.
Declaration to the Army.
The Declaration of the Members of both Houses to
the Army, was brought into this House, and read.
(Here enter it.)
Ordered, That this House approves of this Declaration; and that it be communicated to the House of
Commons, for the Concurrence of their Approbation
therein; and that, at the same Time, they be put in
Mind of the former late Votes sent down to them: And
the Earl of Denbigh, Earl of Mulgrave, Lord Viscount
Say & Seale, and the Lord Howard, are appointed to
draw up what is to be sent down to the House of Commons.
Heads for a Conference with the H. C. about the Declaration from Sir T. Fairfax, &c. and the Votes approving of it;— and to annual the Proceedings of the Houses while the Speakers, &c. were with the Army.
The Earl of Denbigh reported what the Committee
had drawn up; which was read, and Agreed to, and
Ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for their
"The Lords in Parliament assembled have read a
Declaration, of the 4th of August, 1647, subscribed
by those Lords and Commons, Members of both Houses,
who, by reason of the late Force and Violence upon
the Houses, did absent themselves; and have approved of the same."
The Concurrence of the House of Commons, for
the like Approbation thereof, is desired.
"The Lords do now once again put the House of
Commons in Mind of those Votes, sent from the Lords
to that House, Friday the 6th of August; and a Declaration of Sir Thomas Fairfax and the Council of
War, with a Vote for the Approbation thereof, sent
down the Tuesday following. The Lords do desire the
Concurrence of the House of Commons to those
Votes, and to the Approbation of the said Declaration; conceiving the same to be so essential to the
Vindication of the Honour and Freedom of the Parliament, that, having hitherto received no Answer
therein, they conceive it fit and necessary, at this
Time, to express to that House, That they hold themselves acquitted and discharged of any ill Consequences that may ensue upon such a Precedent, and
by that Occasion of the Retardment of the present
great Affairs of the Kingdoms, and the Settlement of
the Peace of them.
Committee of the City Militia not to act under the Order exacted from the Houses by Violence:
"The Lords are informed, That the Committee of
the Militia of the City of London doth still act under
the Pretence of that Order drawn from both Houses
by the late Force of the 26th of July last; which, they
conceive, is likely to tend to the Disturbance of the
Peace of the Parliament and City: The Lords do
declare, That, by so doing, they act without Authority; and whatsoever they have or shall do in that
Kind, they account them answerable for, as acting
without lawful Authority."
The Concurrence of the House of Commons is desired hereunto.
Examinations concerning this Violence.
An Ordinance was brought in, and read, for giving
the Sub-committee Power to examine, upon Oath, Persons concerning the Force and Violence offered to the
Parliament; which was Agreed to, and Ordered to be
sent to the House of Commons for Concurrence.
Message to the H. C. about those Matters; and that the Lords will adjourn to Wednesday.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Doctor Aylett and Mr. Sadler:
To deliver to them what was reported from the Committee this Day, concerning the Two Declarations, and
the Votes thereupon.
2. (fn. *) The Declaration concerning the acting of the
Committee for the Militia of London, and desire their
3. To communicate to them the Ordinance for giving
Power to the Sub-committee to examine, upon Oath,
concerning the Force and Violence put upon the Parliament.
4. To let them know, that this House intends to adjourn, Wednesday Morning next, at Ten of the Clock.
E. of Clare and Sir T. Williamson.
The Petition of John Earl of Clare read, wherein Sir
Thomas Williamson is concerned.
It is Ordered, in regard of the Uncertainty of the
Assizes meeting and sitting, That the Petitioner shall
have the Privilege of Parliament afforded him at this
Lady Sophia Byron, a Pass.
Ordered, That the Lady Sephia Byron, born in Holland, shall have a Pass, to embark herself, with One
Man and One Maid, with Apparel.
Letter from the Commissioners with the King.
A Letter from the Lord Mountague, that the King will
go to Oatelands this Night, dated 12 Aug. 1647.
(Here enter it.)
Ordinance for Reformation of Oxford University.
An Ordinance additional, for the Visitation and Reformation of the University of Oxford, read the Second and Third Time: Ordered, To be sent to the
House of Commons.
Letter from the Commissioners with the King, that He is going to Oatlands.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers, pro Tempore, at Westm't'r.
"The King hath acquainted us with His Resolution
of going To-morrow to Oatelands, whither we shall
attend Him. Hereof I thought it my Duty to give
you an Account; and, having no more to trouble
your Lordship with at present, I take Leave, and remain
Stoke, 12 Aug. 1647.
Most humble Servant,
Declaration of the Members of both Houses to the Army, who went there on the Violence offered to the Parliament by the Citizens, &c.
"Die Mercurii, 4 Augusti, 1647.
"We, the Members of both Houses of Parliament,
who do absent ourselves from the Service of the Parliament by reason of the Force and Violence offered
thereunto by a tumultuous Multitude, having received
from his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairefax a Declaration,
intituled, "A Declaration of his Excellency Sir Thomas Fairefax and his Councell of Warre, on Behalfe of
themselves and the whole Army, sheweing the Gronnds
of their present Advance towards the City of London;"
and having perused the same; we look upon it as a
Declaration full of Truth, the Matter of Fact being
well known to most of us, who have been Eye and
Ear Witnesses thereof, full of Christian, Noble, and
Public Affection to the Good; Peace, and Prosperity of
this Kingdom, and full of Integrity and Faithfulness
to the true Interest of the English Nation, and full of
undaunted and generous Resolutions to assert the Honour and Freedom of the Parliament, and effectually
to vindicate it from the Force and Violence whereby
it hath been of late trampled under the Foot of a
Rabble of People, unto which Force it is still exposed,
so as it may be exercised upon them at Pleasure;
and, whilst the Parliament remaineth in such a Condition, although it be not dissolvable but by Act of Parliament, yet it is suspended from acting as a Parliament in all these Things. And generally throughout
our Sense so fully agreeth with what is expressed in
that Declaration of the Army, that we cannot but receive it with much Approbation; and also with great
Thankfulness to God in the First Place, and next
under Him to this ever-faithful Army, for that tender Sense expressed therein of our Honour and
Security, who absent ourselves from the Parliament
in regard of that Force; and for that high Engagement of the Army, to live and dye with us in this
Cause: Whereupon we cannot but mutually engage
ourselves, as hereby we do, to live and die with Sir
Thomas Fairefax and this Army, in the Vindication of
the Honour and Freedom of the Parliament. And we
cannot but observe the special Providence of God, in
holding up so extraordinarily this Army, and referving it to take off the Reproach and Scorn of this Nation, and to raise up again from the Depth of Contempt that once so-much-honoured and high-esteemed
Name of a Parliament.
"And whereas, in the said Declaration, it is desired
that we, as Persons upon whom their Public Trust
still remaineth (though for the present we cannot exercise the same in a Parliamentary Way), would advise
his Excellency and his Council of War in such Things
as may be for the Good of the Kingdom: And for the
attaining of the Ends aforesaid, we do declare, That
we shall be most ready to do it, upon all Occasions,
in such a Capacity as we may, till we shall be enabled
again to discharge our Trust in a Free Parliament;
which we conceive we can never do until the Houses
of Parliament may be absolute Judges and Masters of
their own Security, and that such traiterous aud audacious Offenders as have endeavoured with so high
a Hand to destroy the Highest Authority (as by the
Particulars so fully and clearly expressed in the Declaration of the Army may appear) shall receive condign Punishment, or at least the Parliament put in
such a Condition as that they may be able to bring
them thereunto. And we trust in God, through His
accustomed Blessing upon this Army, and their Assistants in their honest and just Undertakings, the Parliament shall speedily be put again into a Condition
to sit like a Parliament of England. And we hope
that every true-hearted Englishman will be ready to
set his helping Hand to so necessary, so public, and
so honourable a Work, as is the vindicating of the
Freedom and Honour of the Parliament, wherein the
Freedom and Honour of all the free-born People of
this Nation are concerned and involved.
|"Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers.|
W. Say & Seale.
Grey of Werke.
|Wm. Lenthall, Speaker of the House of Commons.|
Ol. St. John.
G. Fen wick.
Sub-committees to examine the Violence done to the Houses.
"It is Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That the Earl of Denbigh, Earl of
Mulgrave, Lord Grey of Werke, Lord Howard, Sir Arthur Heselrigg, Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Gourdon, Mr. Miles
Corbett, Mr. Alderman Pennington, Mr. Allen, Mr.
Edwards, and Colonel Venn, or any Three of them, be
a Sub-committee of the Committee appointed by both
Houses on Friday last; and that they have Power to
send for Parties and Witnesses, and to proceed (under
Secrecy) at all Times when they think fit, in preparing the Examinations of the Businesses committed to
the said Committee; and that they, or any Three of
them, may administer an Oath unto any Persons, in
such Things as shall not render the Parties criminal
that are so sworn."
Adjourned, Wednesday next, hora 10a.