DIE Lunæ, 15 die Novembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Case.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Scale.
Letter from Col. Hammond, that the King is in the Isle of Wight.
A Letter from Colonel Rob't Hamond, Governor of
the Isle of Wight, was read; giving Information of the
King being in the Isle of Wight. (Here enter it.)
Message from the H. C. for Committees to consider how to dispose of His Person.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir John Evelyn Knight, &c.; who brought up a
Letter which was sent to them, from Colonel Hamond,
concerning the King's being in the Isle of Wight: And
they desire that a Committee of both Houses may be
appointed, to consider what is fit to be done with the
Person of the King; and accordingly to send Order to
Colonel Hamond, and to report to the Houses:
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Any Three; to meet this Afternoon, at Three
a Clock, in the Lord Keeper's Lodgings.
The Answer returned was:
That this House hath appointed Fourteen Lords to
meet, with a proportionable Number of the House of
Commons, this Afternoon, at Three a Clock, in the
Lord Keeper's Lodgings, as is desired.
Clopton to be instituted to Markshall;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett shall give Institution and
Induction to Wm. Clopton Clerk, Master of Arts, to the
Rectory of Markeshall, in Com. Essex, void by the voluntary Resignation of Gamaliell Carr; the said Clopton
producing his Presentation thereunto under the Hand
and Seal of Sir Thomas Honywood, the lawful Patron:
And this with a Salvo Jure cujuscunque.
and Jones to Fawnhope.
Ordered, That Dr. Heath shall give Institution and
Induction to Edward Jones, to the Vicarage of Eawenhope, in Com. Hereford; presented thereunto by Presentation under the Great Seal of England; salvo Jure
Capt. Swain's Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of Captain Francis Swaine,
of the City of Yorke: It is Ordered To be recommended to the House of Commons.
Lee and Grigg.
The Counsel were heard, to argue the Errors, in the
Writ of Error depending in this House between Lee
Plaintiff and Grigg Defendant.
And upon full Consideration of it by this House;
It is Ordered, That the Judgement in the King's
Bench is hereby affirmed; and that the Record be transmitted into the Court of King's Bench, that so Execution
may be taken out accordingly.
Letter from Col. Hammond, that the King is come into the Isle of Wight; and that he will take Care of Him.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
"Newport, November 14th, Four in the Morning.
"I hold it my Duty to give you an Account of the
King's unexpected coming into this Island, and of the
Manner of it; which was thus: This Morning, as I
was on the Way, passing from Carrisbrooke Castle to
Newport, Mr. Ashburnham and Sir John Berkley overtook me, and (after a short Discourse) told me,
"That the King was near; and that He would be
with me that Night: That He was come from Hampton Court, upon Information that there were some intended to destroy His Person, and that He could not
with Safety continue any longer there; and that,
finding His Case thus, chose rather to put Himself
into my Hands, being a Member of the Army (whom
He saith He would not have left, could He have had
Security to His Person), than to go to any other Place."
Being herewith exceedingly surprized at present, I
knew not what Course to take But, upon serious
Consideration, weighing the great Concernment the
Person of the King is of, in this Juncture of Affairs, to
the Settlement of the Peace of the Kingdom, resolved
it my Duty to the King, to the Parliament, and Kingdom, to use the utmost of my Endeavours to preserve
His Person from any such horrid Attempt, and to
bring Him to a Place of Safety, where He may also
be in a Capacity of answering the Expectation of Parliament and Kingdom, in agreeing to such Things as
may tend to the Settlement of those great Divisions
and Distractions abounding in every Corner thereof.
Hereupon I went immediately with them over the
Water, taking Captain Baskett (the Captain of Cowes
Castle) with me, and found the King near the Waterside. And conceiving myself no Way able to secure
Him there, I chose (He desiring it) to bring Him over
into the Island, where He now is.
"My Lord, My Endeavours, as for my Life, shall
be to preserve and secure His Person; and I humbly
desire I may receive the Pleasure of the Parliament in
this great and weighty Matter. And that the Lord
will direct your Counsels, to His Glory, and the
Kingdom's Good and Peace, shall be my Prayer;
and my Endeavours shall ever be to express myself,
in all Things in my Power,
Cowes, this 13 Nov. 1647.