DIE Lunæ, 27 die Decembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Delmy.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Ds. La Warr.
Message from the H. C. for a Conference about Col. Rainsborough.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Rob'rt Pye Knight, &c.
To desire a Conference, so soon as it may stand with
their Lordships Conveniency, touching Colonel Raynsborough's going to Sea.
The Answer returned was:
That this House appoints a present Conference, in
the Painted Chamber, as is desired.
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax about him.
A Letter from Sir Thomas Fairfax was read, concerning Colonel Raynsborough. (Here enter it.)
Letter from the Commissioners with the King.
Another Letter from the Earl of Denbigh, was read,
(Here enter it.)
Clamp's Ordinance to be Searcher of Lynn.
An Ordinance was presented to the House, for
Richard Clampe to have the Searcher's Place of the Port
of King's Lynn, and read.
And it is to be referred to the Committee for the Revenue, and the Committee for the Navy and Customs,
to certify to this House concerning the Fitness of the
said Clampe for this Place.
Ordinance for Westm. College to grant Leases, &c.
An Ordinance concerning giving Liberty to the Committee for the College of Westm. to let Leases, &c. was
read, and Agreed to; and Ordered to be sent to the
House of Commons, for their Concurrence.
Marq. of Winton, Liberty prolonged.
Ordered, That the Marquis of Winton have Four
Months Liberty longer, upon the same Security he hath
already given to the Lieutenant of The Tower, for the
further Recovery of his Health.
Message to the H. C. about it;—with the Westm. College Ordinance;—and about L. Cromwel's and Ly. Cawfield's Petitions.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
1. To deliver the Ordinance concerning the College
of Westm. and desire their Concurrence therein.
2. To recommend to them the Lord Crumwell's Petition.
3. To put them in Mind of the Lady Cawfield's Petition.
4. To desire their Concurrence, that the Marquis of
Winton may have Liberty for Four Months longer, for his
further Recovery of his Health, upon the same Security as he hath formerly given to the Lieutenant of The
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Heath and Mr. Eltonheade return with this
Answer from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Order for reducing the Quorum of the Committee for Plantations.
(Here enter it.)
Report of the Conference about Col. Rainsborough commanding the Winter Fleet.
The House of Commons being come in the Painted
Chamber to the Conference, the House was adjourned
during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference;
which being ended, the House was resumed.
The Speaker reported the Effect of this Conference: "That Colonel Raynsborough, the 27th of
September last, was nominated by the House of Commons to be Vice Admiral for this Winter's Guard;
and the 8th of October last, their Lordships concurred
therein; and it was sent down from their Lordships,
with a Desire that he might be speedily sent away to
Sea: Since, their Lordships, upon the Ground of a
Letter from the General, sent a Vote down to the
House of Commons, That Colonel Raynsborough may
not go to Sea. That the House of Commons did
order that Colonel Raynsborough should be examined;
but neither the General nor the Officers of the Army
have sent any Charge against him. But since, the
House of Commons have received a Letter from the
Army, That Colonel Raynsborough might go to Sea;
and that Colonel Raynsborough hath given the House
of Commons Satisfaction concerning this Business,
That he is not guilty of it."
The General's Letter to the Speaker of the House of
Commons, was read. (Here enter it.)
Committee to examine the London Agents who encouraged the Mutiny in the Army.
Ordered, That the Committee concerning the London Agents do meet with some of the Members of the
House of Commons that are of that Committee, and
open the Papers sealed up, that so the original Letter
from Sir Thomas Fairfax to this House may be produced
To-morrow Morning; and then this Business shall be
taken into further Consideration.
Ordinance to raise 50,000 l. for Ireland.
Ordered, That Consideration shall be had, To-morrow Morning, of the Ordinance concerning the Ordinance for raising of Fifty Thousand Pounds.
Committee for Plantations.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That any Five of the Committee for
Plantations, settled by Ordinances bearing Date the
Second of November, 1643, and 21th of March,
1645, whereof One Member of the House of Lords
and Two Members of the House of Commons to be
present, shall be a Quorum, to act according to the
Powers of the said Ordinances."
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax, desiring Col. Rainsborough may be allowed to command the Winter Fleet.
"For the Right Honourable Edw. Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
"It was but a few Days since, I made an humble
Desire to the House of Commons, That the Vice
Admiral might be sent to his Charge at Sea. I made
my Address only to that House, because I apprehended the Command of his Attendance upon the Service
of the House only stayed him. Hearing now that
there is some Stick with the House of Peers, I thought
it my Duty to acquaint your Lordships, That, as to
those Things for which (as I understand) Exceptions
have been taken to him, he had (before I writ to the
House of Commons) expressed to myself and divers
principal Officers such a deep Sense of the late Distempers and Miscarriages in those Things whereunto
he had appeared too inclinable, and such Resolutions
to decline the like for future, as gave us large Satisfaction concerning him: Upon which Assurance
(together with the Consideration of the present Need
of him at Sea) as I writ before to the House of Commons, so I now take the Boldness humbly to desire
your Lordships speedy Consideration of his Dispatch
to his Charge; and rest
Windsor, 26 Decembris, 1647.
Most humble Servant,
Letter from the Commissioners with the King, that they have presented the Propositions to Him.
"To the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro
In Pursuance of the Instructions and Commands
from the Parliament, I did, with the other Commissioners, present the Bills and Propositions to His Majesty, at Two of the Clock this Afternoon. The
King was then pleased to say, "That He was assured
we could not expect a present Answer; but He would
take the same into Consideration, and give His Answer
within few Days." This is all the Account I can return
your Lordship at present; which I desire you will be
pleased to communicate to the House of Peers, from
FromNewport, Dec'r 24th, 1647.
"Most humble and affectionate Servant,
Letter from Sir T. Fairfax to the Speaker of the H. C. for Col. Rainsborough to be sent to Sea; and for Vessels to guard the Isle of Wight.
"For the Honourable William Lenthall Esquire,
Speaker of the Honourable House of Commons, at Westminster.
I understand, by Persons well affected to your
Service, that there is some Want of good Guards at
Sea about the Isle of Wight, though there be now
more than ordinary Need thereof thereabouts; and
indeed the whole Business of your Sea Service seems
to be elsewhere in too loose a Posture, considering the
Condition of Affairs: Therefore, for the better Managing of that Service (without which the Safety of
the Kingdom cannot be so well provided for by the
best Care and Vigilancy of your Land Forces), I
make bold to offer my humble Desire, That the House
would be pleased to re-assume the Consideration of dismissing and dispatching the Vice Admiral Colonel
Rainborow to his Charge at Sea; which, as I hope it
will conduce not a little to your Service, and the
Safety of the Kingdom in the present State of Affairs,
so it will be with much Satisfaction to your Servants
in the Army, and others that wish well to the Public,
and in particular to
Windsor, 22th of Dec'r, 1647.
Your most humble Servant,
House adjourned till 10 a cras.