Die Martis, videlicet, 2 Maii.
Earl of Manchester, Speaker this Day.
Cooper concerning the Sequestration of St. Thomas Southwark.
This House entered into Consideration of the Charge
brought up from the House of Commons, against Will.
Cooper, Parson of St. Thomas Apostles.
The said Cooper not appearing according to the Order of this House, Affidavit was made, by Philip Adams
and Anthony Brooks, "That the Order was left at his
House:" Upon this Contempt, the House proceeded
to hear the Evidence, to prove the Particulars of the
David Nettleton, to that Article, "That Mr. Cooper
(fn. *) sowed Sedition, by making Division between the
King and His People; and that it was needful in these
Times to preach Obedience to the King."
Antho. Brookes, "Those that went out with the Earl
of Essex were Rebels, and Traitors to the King, and
fought against him."
Edward Goulder, "That he gave Mr. Cooper a Bill,
to pray for some young Men in the Army; he did
John Mylton, "To prove his vexatious Suits against
his Parishioners, and excommunicated him."
Thomas Hart, Wm. Witherden, Anthony Brookes, "That
Mr. Cooper refused to read the Ordinance of Parliament."
"To prove that he refused to give the Sacrament
to his Parishioners, unless they would come up to
the Rails:" John Blakwell, W'm Gibbons.
Committed to The Fleet.
The House being satisfied with the Evidence, the
Witnesses and Prosecutors were commanded to withdraw;
and, upon the whole Business, this House Adjudged and
Awarded, "That the said Wm. Cooper, for these Offences, shall be sequestered from the Profits of the
Parish of St. Thomas the Apostle, and from officiating
the Cure; and Mr. James Moore to officiate in his
Place; and that the said Cooper shall stand committed
to the Prison of The Fleete, during the Pleasure of
this House; and a Warrant to attach his Body."
Message from the H. C to expedite an Ordinance, and with Orders for Concurrence;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Henry Mildmay Knight; which consisted
of divers Particulars:
1. To desire their Lordships Expedition in an Ordinance concerning Mr. Oliver Cromwell.
2. A Concurrence in divers Orders.
and for a Conference about Commissioners being sent to Scotland, and a Letter to Holland.
3. To desire a Conference, touching some Commissioners to be sent into Scotland, and touching a Letter
to be sent to the States of The United Provinces.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will (fn. *) give them a present Conference, as is desired, in the Painted Chamber; and touching the Orders, their Lordships will send an Answer by
Messengers of their own.
Orders, &c. for Concurrence.
The Order for Sir Walter Earle to have Command
in Dorsetshire, for the ordering of the Affairs of (fn. *) the
Militia there, was read, and approved of. (Here enter
Next, an Order was read, concerning the Train Bands
in the City of London. (Here enter it.)
Next, an Order concerning the Town of Barstable,
in the County of Devon, was read. (Here enter it.)
Next, the Ordinance concerning Colonel Cromewell
was read. (Here enter it.)
Dr. Soames restrained.
Ordered, That Dr. Soames shall be restrained from
going (fn. †) any where else but to his Counsel or Solicitor
about his Business; and that he return to his Prison in
Upon the Petition of Dr. Soames; It is Ordered,
That Mr. Hales is appointed and assigned to be of
Counsel with him, in his Cause depending in this House.
Wardship of Roper.
The Lord Viscount Say & Seale, Master of the
Court of Wards, informed this House, "That this House
commanding (fn. *) him to have the Custody of young
Roper, who is a Ward; and because he is but Three
Years of Age, his Mother desires he may remain with
her until he attain to the Years of Five; and the
and the Earl of Dorsett have engaged themselves
that he shall not be conveyed out of the Kingdom,
but delivered into the Hands of the Lord Viscount
Say:" Which this House approved of.
Mr. Lennard, a Pass to Holland.
Ordered, That Mr. Lennard shall have a Pass, to
go into Holland.
Chapman and Stanton.
Ordered, That Mr. Chapman, and all claiming
under him, shall be enjoined and prohibited not to fell
any Trees or Underwoods, in the Lands of Shorne, in
the County of Kent, until the Cause between the said
Chapman and Eliz. Stanton, &c. shall be heard in the
Boyse, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mr. Boyse shall have a Pass, to go
into Yorkeshire, with his Wife and Children, and Two
Servants, and a Coach and Horses, with such Necessaries as are convenient for their Journey.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Report of the Conference about a Letter to The States General.
The Speaker reported One Branch of this Conference; which was, "To communicate to their (fn. *) Lordships a Letter, to be sent to The States of The United
Provinces." (Here enter it.)
Order for apprehending Persons in Gillingham Forest.
An Order was read, for apprehending Persons in the
Forest of Gillingham, in the County of Dorsettshire.
Agreed to; and Ordered, To be sent to the House
of Commons, for their Concurrence.
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to the Letter to The States General;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Finch and Mr. Dr. Bennett:
1. To let the House of Commons know, that their
Lordships do agree with the House of Commons, in
sending the Letter to The States of The United Provences;
and that it be sent to Mr. Strickland, subscribed with
the Hands of the Speakers of both Houses.
and to several Orders;
2. That their Lordships do agree with the House of
Commons, in the Order concerning Dorsetshire, Barstable, the Trained Bands of London, and Colonel Cromwell.
for Concurrence in the E. of Elgin's;
3. To desire their Concurrence in the Order concerning the Earl of Elgin.
and for an Answer about Sir Hugh Pollard.
4. To desire their Answer concerning the removing
of Sir Hugh Pollard out of the Prison where he is, in
regard his Infirmities and ill Health increase upon him.
The King's Horses taken out of The Mews to be restored.
This House was informed, "That this Day the
King's Stables at The Muse is broken open, and Two
young Horses of the King's taken and carried (fn. *) away:"
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the said Horses
shall be presently restored, and the Parties that took
them away shall attend this House To-morrow Morning, to give an Account by what Warrant they did it.
Mrs Pert, a Pass.
Ordered, That Mrs. Pert shall have a Pass, to go
to Gloucester, with a Coach and Horses.
Colonel Cromwell & al. to seize Corn, &c. of Delinquents in Cambridgeshire.
"Whereas Authority was formerly given, by Ordinance of both Houses of Parliament, to Colonel
Oliver Cromwell and others, for the seizing of the
Persons, Horses, Arms, Money, and Plate, of Malignants and ill-affected Persons, within the County
of Cambridge, the Isle of Ely, and other Counties,
Cities, and Places, in the said Ordinance mentioned:
It is now further Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the said Colonel Cromwell,
and other the Committees and Deputy Lieutenants in
the said Ordinance mentioned, as also Captain Charles
Fleetwood, Captain Edward Whalley, and Captain
John Disborough, or any Two or more of them, together with any of the said Committees or Deputy
Lieutenants, formerly appointed, shall have the like
Power and Authority for the seizing as well of the
Corn, Cattle, and other Goods and Chattels, of the
said Malignants, or any of them, as by the said Ordinance is given for the seizing of Horses, Arms,
Money, or Plate, the same to be disposed of, used,
and employed, to the same Uses as in the said Ordinance is specified, upon Accompt thereof to be made
to both Houses of Parliament, or such as they shall
appoint; and that they, and every of them, for so
doing, shall be protected and saved harmless, by the
Power and Authority of both Houses of Parliament."
Sir Walter Earle, to command the Militia in Dorsetshire.
"Whereas divers Papists, and other ill-affected Persons, inhabiting the County of Dorsett, and the
Parts adjoining, have lately associated themselves,
and traiterously plotted and combined together, to
raise and levy great Forces both of Horse and Foot,
for the maintaining and supporting of a Rebellion
there already begun, and have likewise endeavoured
to procure Forces from other Parts of the Kingdom,
intending therewith, in hostile Manner, to invade
the said County, and to disturb the Peace of the
same, whereby the said County, together with the
Town and County of Poole (environed therewith), is
in Danger to be exposed to Rapine, Spoil, and Plundering; and forasmuch as the Forces there already
raised by Authority of Parliament are not of Strength
sufficient whereby to withstand or suppress such rebellious and hostile Attempts as aforesaid, or to put
in Execution the several Ordinances and Commands
of both Houses of Parliament, for and concerning
the Disarming or Apprehending of Delinquents and
Persons ill-affected, or for the raising and levying of
Money, or otherwise: The Lords and Commons do
therefore think it requisite, and do accordingly Order and Ordain, That, by and with the Consent and
Privity of the Earl of Essex Lord General, and by
Warrant from him, or from the Committee for the
Safety of the Kingdom, such and so many more Forces
shall be there raised, as he or they shall think fit;
and it being no less necessary that the said Forces
there raised, and to be raised, as aforesaid, and other
the Forces of the said County, should be ordered,
led, and conducted, by some Person there resiant,
who, in the Absence of such as are already in that
Behalf authorized, and under them, may command
the said Forces in Chief, the said Lords and Commons
do therefore desire the said Lord General the Earl of
Essex to grant a Commission to Sir Walter Earle Knight,
which may authorize him, in the Absence of such
Person or Persons already so authorized as aforesaid,
and under them, within the Limits of the said
County of Dorsett, and of the said Town and County
of Poole (as Colonel or otherwise), to command, order, lead, and conduct, all and every the said Forces,
as well Horse as Foot, of the said County of Dorsett,
and Town and County of Poole, to all such Intents
and Purposes as are before mentioned, and to and
for the common Safety and Defence of the Kingdom; and with Authority likewise, by and with the
Consent of the Lord Lieutenant, or of any One or
more Deputy Lieutenants of the said County, to nominate and appoint all other Officers and Commanders under him; as also to raise and levy Soldiers
there, or in the Parts adjoining, for the compleating
of the Troops and Companies there raised, or to be
raised, as aforesaid: And the said Lords and Commons
do further Order and Ordain, That the said Sir Walter
Erle shall, by both Houses of Parliament, be warranted, saved, and kept harmless, for and concerning all
Things that by Virtue and Authority of such Commission as aforesaid, and in Pursuance thereof, or of
this or of any other Ordinance before mentioned,
shall be by him done or put in Execution."
Order for the Execution of Martial Discipline in the Trained Bands.
"Whereas, by an Order of Parliament, of the 4th
of January last, it was Ordered, That the Colonels,
Captains, and Lieutenants, of the Trained Bands, or
others, in the Cities of London and Westm'r and the
Suburbs thereof, and the County of Midd. might inflict
the Punishment of Two Days Imprisonment without Bail
or Mainprize, or the Mulct (fn. *) of Five Shillings for the
Supply of the Service, upon such Soldiers under their
Commands as should not repair to their Colours at the
Time appointed, and to do their Duties there, when
and as often as they should be thereunto required,
unless they be reasonably excused by their Captain
or Lieutenant; which Order is not only troublesome,
but begets much Disaffection betwixt the chief Officers and Soldiers, and therefore is not so fully executed upon the Offenders as it ought to be: Therefore it is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and
Commons now assembled in Parliament, That, for
the better Execution of the aforesaid Order in every
particular Branch therein contained (which every
Captain respectively is hereby required to do), every
of the said Captains respectively shall elect and appoint One able Person, to be Marshal of his Trained
Band, who shall, by virtue of this Ordinance, repair to such Soldiers as his Captain or Lieutenant
shall from Time to Time give him Notice of, that
have made Breach of the aforesaid Order of the
4th of January, or any Part thereof; which Marshal, so elected shall, with a Constable, who is hereby required to assist him, and such others as he shall
call to aid him, in the Name of his Captain, inflict
(according to the same Order) the Punishment of
Two Days Imprisonment upon him or them, or the
Mulct of Five Shillings, which he shall, forthwith
after the Receipt of the same, deliver and pay to
his Captain, to be employed as by the same Order
is appointed; and, for the Pains taken of every such
Marshal, and to encourage him the better to perform
his Office, it is also Ordered, That every Captain
respectively shall allow unto him, the said Marshal,
out of every Five Shillings so collected as aforesaid,
the Sum of One Shilling; and, if any such Marshal shall be found remiss, negligent, or partial, in
not performing the Trust in him reposed, it is likewise Ordered, That every Captain may at his
Pleasure dismiss him from his Place, and elect another in his Stead, which he shall conceive to be more
faithful to perform the same: Also it is Ordered,
by the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament, That if any Soldier or Soldiers, listed under
any of the Captains beforementioned, shall, in the
Time of his or their Service, when he or they shall be
commanded to do Duty, revile or give any ill-beseeming Language to the Captain, or other Officer
belonging unto him, or neglect to do such Duty as
at any Time ought or shall be imposed upon him or
them, that then the Captain or Lieutenant may, upon the Examination thereof, commit such Soldier or
Soldiers as shall so offend to Prison, there to remain
Twenty-four Hours, without Bail or Mainprize; and
that every Captain respectively shall be saved harmless, by the Authority of both Houses of Parliament, for executing the several Orders aforesaid, or
any of them."
Order for Indemnity for the Barnstable Men, for fortifying their Town.
"Whereas divers well-affected Burgesses and Inhabitants of the Town of Barnestable, in the County
of Devon, out of their good Affection to the Public,
and by Warrant and Direction from the Earl of Stamford, Lord General of the Forces raised by Authority of Parliament in the Western Parts of this Kingdom, have, for the necessary Defence of the said
Town, in the Times of imminent Danger and actual
War in those Parts, made, or caused to be made, divers Intrenchments, Fortifications, and Works, in
and about the said Town, in and through the Lands
and Grounds of several Persons, and, for the doing
thereof, have been, and may be, occasioned to cut
down, slight, level, and remove, the Trees, Hedges,
Banks, or other Things whatsoever, which may hinder or be prejudicial to the Aim, Execution, or Service
from the Fort there, or any other Fortifications or
Works in or about the said Town: It is Ordered,
by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That
whatsoever the said Burgesses and Inhabitants of the
said Town, or any of them, or any other Person or
Persons by them employed, have or hath done, or
shall do, in and about the Premises, is good and acceptable Service to the Commonwealth; and that
they, and every of them, for so doing, shall be
therein protected and saved harmless, by Authority
of both Houses of Parliament; and all such Persons
as shall oppose the same shall be proceeded against
as Contemners of this Ordinance; and such Owners
and Possessors of any Lands or Grounds, that shall
suffer any Damage thereby, shall have Reparations
out of the Public."
Letter to The States of Holland, from both Houses.
"High and Mighty Lords,
"We are commanded, by the Lords and Commons
in Parliament, to make known to your Lordships,
that several Advertisements have been given to the
Committee of Lords and Commons, appointed by both
Houses to take Care for the Safety of the Kingdom
in all Occasions concerning it both at Home and
Abroad, that the King had hired divers Ships and
Frigates of Dunkerke, to the Number of Twentyfour, or thereabouts; and that He meant to employ
them against the Fleet appointed by the Parliament
for the Defence of this Kingdom: It was further informed, that Two of those Ships or Frigates were permitted to pass out of Dunkerke, by the Admiral of your
Lordships Fleet, by Warrant of some Command from
his Highness the Prince of Orange; which Information
that Committee Ordered should be communicated to
Mr. Strickland, now Resident in The Hague by the
Authority and Instructions of both Houses, which
Direction of that Committee of both Houses was
likewise seconded by an Order of the Commons
House, and Mr. Strickland commanded to present it
to your Lordships, as he hath done: And we are to
entreat your Lordships to believe it, as the Two
Houses have such an Opinion of the Wisdom and
Justice of that State, that they cannot easily conceive
you would do any Thing so much to the Prejudice of
the Interest of yourselves, as well as of this Kingdom; so the high Esteem and Value which they set
upon your Friendship and Correspondency is such,
that they would not suffer any Report of that Nature
to spread in the World, but speedily to present it to
your Lordships, as an Information only commonly
spoken of, to the great Prejudice and Disreputation
of that near Union and Concurrence betwixt this
Kingdom and that State, which they most earnestly
desire may be ever continued; and they very much
rejoice to hear that there was no Grounds for that
Report in any Resolution of your Lordships, nor in
any Command or Direction of his Highness the Prince
of Orange, whose eminent Power and Abilities they
shall always hope will be expressed in such Counsels
and Actions as may be most agreeable to the Preservation of the Reformed Religion, and the Interest
of both States, against the ancient known Enemies
of both: And the Lords and Commons do assure your
Lordships, that you shall never discern any Thing in
their Intentions and Proceedings, but what in their
Judgement shall be most proper and effectual to that
End; and, as they rest fully satisfied concerning the
Vanity and Falsehood of that Report, so they pray
your Lordships to rest assured, that this Information
was appointed to be presented to you out of a tender
Affection, to preserve both the Being and Reputation
of an inviolable Conjunction betwixt this Kingdom
and that State, without Intention to reflect upon the
Honour of his Highness the Prince of Orange; and
they desire you to continue your favourable Audience
to Mr. Strickland, and to give Credit to him, as one
authorized by both Houses of Parliament to communicate to you the Affairs of this Kingdom, and to
cherish the Peace and Amity betwixt these Two States;
which the Two Houses of Parliament are confident
he will ever faithfully and effectually perform. We
commend the Prosperity of that State and of your
Lordships to God's Blessing, and remain
"Affectionate Friends and Servants,
Westm. the 2d May, 1643.
"Manchester, Speaker of
the House of Peers pro
"Wm. Lenthall, Speaker
of the House of Commons."
"To the High and Mighty Lords,
the Lords The States General
of The United Provinces"
House adjourned till 10 a cras.