DIE Veneris, 16 die Junii.
Earl of Manchester was appointed to be Speaker
Sir John Manwood, a Pass.
Ordered, That Sir John Manwood shall have a Pass,
to go into The Low Countries.
L. Conway's Servant not to carry Letters to him.
Ordered, That this House explains the Meaning
of their Order to be concerning the Lord Viscount Conway, "That his Servant shall not convey any Letters
to him, but only such Necessaries as his Lordship
hath Occasion of."
Possession of the E. Exeter's Woods, in Heaston, quieted.
Upon reading a Petition of the Countess of Exon, in
the Behalf of the Earl of Exon; and upon reading an
Affidavit, "That the Possession of Woods in Easton,
in the County of North'ton, is disturbed:" Hereupon
this House Ordered, That an Order shall be granted, to
quiet the Possession of the said Woods, until the same
shall be evicted by due Course of Law. (Here enter
the Petition and Affidavit.)
Sir Robert Mansel's Petition for Relief from the Assessments.
Upon reading the Petition of Sir Rob't Mansell Knight,
shewing, "That he is assessed in London at Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds for the Twentieth Part of his
Estates, and Six Pounds by the Week, besides his
Assessment in the Country, which he is no Way able
to pay, because the Benefit of his Glass-house fails:
therefore he desires their Lordships to give such Order,
for his Relief in the Premises, as their Lordships in
their Wisdom shall think fit." Hereupon this House
Ordered, That the Speaker of this House shall recommend this Business from this House, to the Committee at Haberdashers Hall, to give him Relief herein.
E. of Suffolk's Possession of Somersham quieted.
Upon Information, "That divers Persons have, in
riotous Manner, disturbed the quiet Possession of the
Earl of Suffolke, in the Park, and Chace, and Woods,
in the Manor of Somersham, in the County of Hunt."
It is Ordered, That the Earl of Suff. shall have the
Protection of this House, for preserving the said Park,
Chace, Woods, Houses, Grounds, and Cattle, and
preserving the Mounds and Hedges, &c.
Declaration concerning Ireland.
Next, the Declaration concerning the miserable Condition and Estate of the Kingdom of Ireland was read,
and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
And the same to be printed and published.
Calamy and Herle, to publish their Sermons preached at the Thanksgiving.
Ordered, That Mr. Calamy and Mr. Herle
(fn. *) are
desired to print and publish their Sermons, preached
before the Lords in Parliament, in the Abbey of Westm.
Yesterday, being the Day of Thanksgiving for the late
Discovery, and great Deliverance from the Plot.
E. of Suffolk took the Covenant.
This Day the Earl of Suffolke took the Covenant.
Delinquents sent for, for disturbing Newstead, in the Parsonage of Stysted.
Upon reading the Petition of Mr. Newsteed, Minister of the Parsonage of Stysestead, in the County of
Essex; complaining, "That whereas this House made
an Order for his quiet officiating and enjoying the
Possession of the said Living; yet, notwithstanding,
the said Order is disobeyed, and he not suffered to
come into the Church; and the Women threw Stones
at him, and reviled him and his Friends, &c." Hereupon this House Ordered, That Thomas French, and
the Constable, and the Sexton, shall be sent for, as
Delinquents, to answer the said Offences.
Flower versus Sir John Lambe.
Ordered, That this House remits Mr. Flower, to
proceed in the ordinary (fn. †) Course at the Common Law,
against Sir John Lambe, and such others as he shall
Report of the Declaration of Loyalty to the King.
The Earl of Northumb. reported from the Committee, a Draught of what the Committee thinks fit to be
taken, to declare their Lordships Loyalty to the King's
Person, His Crown, and Dignity; which being read as
"Whereas there hath been a treacherous and horrid Design lately discovered, which might have endangered His Majesty's Person, and the Persons of
His Royal Issue; the Lords and Commons, in Discharge of their Duties, have entered into an Oath
and Covenant, declaring their hearty Sorrow for
their Sins, and the Sins of the Nation, &c.
"We the Lords and Commons do further Declare,
That our Intentions have been, and still are, to our
Power, to maintain, preserve, and defend His Majesty's Person, and just Rights of the Crown, together with the Persons of His Royal Issue; and that
we shall use our uttermost Endeavours in Pursuance
of the same."
To be communicated to the H. C. and offer Propositions for settling Peace.
(fn. ‡) Ordered, To communicate this to the House of
Commons, at a Conference, To-morrow Morning; and,
at the same Conference, to offer something to the House
of Commons, for composing the Distractions, and settling
of Peace between the King and the Parliament.
Message from thence, about sending Committees to Scotland;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Henry Mildmay:
To desire their Lordships to take into Consideration,
that the Time of sending Committees into Scotland is
much elapsed; therefore the House of Commons desires
their Lordships to take into Consideration the adding of
some Persons more to the Lord first named, to go, with
what convenient Speed may be, into Scotland; and they
desire a Resolution herein this Day, if it may stand
with their Lordships Occasions.
and about the Horses and Goods of the E. of Portland and L. Conway being secured.
2dly, To acquaint their Lordships, that Captain Washburne did take the Horses of the Lord Viscount Conway by virtue of the Lord General's Warrant, and
with the Privity of Two Deputy Lieutenants, Members
of the House of Commons, as conceiving him to be
within the Ordinance; but, in regard there is some
Question of it, they desire their (fn. *) Lordships would appoint that the Goods and Horses of the Lord Viscount
Conway, and likewise the Goods and Horses of the
Earl of Portland, may be put and deposited into some
safe Hands, until further Examination of the Business.
and to expedite the Ordinance for raising Horses within Ten Miles of London.
3dly, To desire their Lordships to expedite the Ordinance formerly brought, touching the listing of Horses
(fn. †) within Ten Miles of London.
The Answer returned was:
That this House approves not of the Manner of
taking the Horses of the Lord Viscount Conway; but,
in regard that he is committed to safe Custody by this
House, their Lordships do appoint that the Goods and
Horses of the Lord Viscount Conway shall be deposited
in the Hands and safe Custody of Sir Rob't Harley; and
the Goods and Horses of the Earl of Portland to be
deposited in the safe Custody of Wm. Fitz-Williams Esquire; to be safely kept for their Use, and to be forthcoming as their Lordships shall appoint (when the Business is further examined); and that Mr. Captain
Washburne shall deliver the Horses of the Lord Viscount Conway to Sir Rob't Harley; and concerning the
adding of some Persons more to be sent into Scotland,
and the Ordinance for listing of Horses, their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Phillips and Burnaby to be released.
Ordered, That Phillips and Burniby, committed
formerly by this House to (fn. *)
The Fleete, shall be brought
To-morrow Morning to this House; and, upon acknowledging of their Offence, to be released of their present Imprisonment.
Ordinance for a Contibution, to relieve the distressed Condition of Ireland.
"We, theLords and Commons assembled in Parliament,
being by several Letters fully informed, both from the
Lords Justices and Council at Dublin, and also from
other Parts of the Kingdom of Ireland, of the extremely necessitous Condition of the whole Army,
and the rest of the distressed Protestants of that
Kingdom; out of a compassionate Sense of the Miseries of their Brethren there, and their tender Care
to prevent the Extirpation of the Protestant Religion, so generally aimed at, have thought fit to publish
to the View of all piously-affected Persons, the lamentable Estate of that distressed Kingdom, which
is now, by the unhappy Influence of our Distractions here, reduced to that Extremity, that, in most
Parts of the Army, our Soldiers want Bread for their
Bellies, Cloaths for their Backs, and Shoes for their
Feet, to give them a necessary Subsistence; and in
some Parts they have been forced to kill their Horses,
to satisfy their Hunger; very many of the poor
English in several Places having perished by Famine.
"Nevertheless it hath pleased Almighty God to imprint such special Marks of His unlimited Favours
upon the Endeavours of our several Armies there,
that we have more than probable Cause to hope that,
if we shall chearfully address ourselves to send them
seasonable Supply, He will not yet permit the Ruin
of our Religion and Countrymen in that Kingdom;
which we are the more induced to believe, since we
are credibly informed that the Wants of our Adversaries do in most Parts equalize, in many far exceed ours, where they have been forced to eat not
the Flesh only, but the very Hides of their Horses,
to keep them from starving, which have brought very
many of them to such a Condition of Weakness, that
they appear rather like walking Anatomies than fighting Men; so that we have no Reason to suspect but
that our Armies there (if not suffered first to starve)
may by God's Blessing yet soon reduce that Kingdom.
"Nor can it be unknown to any understanding and
judicious Observer, that whatsoever be pretended by
the Rebels, yet the true Causes heightening them to
such a Degree of Barbarousness are the inveterate
Hatred they bear to the true Religion, and their ambitious Desires, as is most evident by the several
Commissions from the Rebels, stiling themselves The
Supreme Council of the Confederate Catholics of Ireland, issued to Men of War, whom they maintained
at Sea, to spoil the Trade of this Kingdom, making
themselves absolute, and independent (fn. *) of this Kingdom;
and which is not a little fomented by all the Popish
Party throughout Christendom, as appears by the
large Contributions sent from all Parts thither, of
Money, Arms, Ammunition, and experienced Commanders. And can it be that God's Enemies should
be more violent and indefatigable for restoring Idolatry in a Kingdom foreign to theirs, than we zealous
in propugning God's Truth in our own, against both
barbarous Traitors and monstrous Idolators? Shall
the common Incendiaries of both Kingdoms strip
themselves of all they have, to accomplish our
Destruction, by devouring that rich and fruitful
Island? and shall the good People of this Nation, of
the same Blood and Religion with them, think any
(fn. †) Thing too dear for redeeming them whom we ought
to our Powers to preserve? seeing hereby we also
secure our own both Religion and Liberties, preventing the Access of the Rebels from thence by
enabling our Army to continue there, which will consequently contain them within that Kingdom, a Thing
earnestly to be intended, considering what Courses are
set on Foot at Oxford, for bringing them into this Kingdom; not to insist how much imports all the Adventurers, Lenders, and Contributors, all Merchants, and indeed the whole Nation, to advance a considerable Sum
to what they have applied unto that Work, for the now
compleating thereof; nor to be more particular in
laying before the World how the King (seduced by
evil Counsels) doth deny His Concurrence to the Bill
lately sent Him, as a most necessary Expedient for
"We have therefore thought fit to appoint a special Committee for that Purpose, and have Resolved,
in the Midst of our Distractions here (as a Thing
wherein the Welfare of our Religion, the Honour
of our English Nation, and the Safety of this Kingdom, is so nearly concerned) to contribute by all
possible Means to the Preservation of that Kingdom.
"And, although the great Burthens which lie upon
the Subjects, for Maintenance of the Armies raised
for the necessary Defence of this Kingdom, will not
suffer us to lay any present Charge upon them; yet
our tender Care of Ireland is such, that, in Pursuance of a Vote of the House of Commons, an Ordinance is now ready to pass, whereby a Charge shall
be set of Two Hundred Thousand Pounds upon this
Kingdom, to be assessed upon the several Counties,
according to the Proportion of the Bill of Four
Hundred Thousand Pounds, and to be paid in Two
Years, by which Time, we hope, the Distractions of
this Kingdom, by God's Mercy, may be so settled,
that the Subjects shall with Ease and Chearfulness
bear this necessary Burthen; and by this Means, we
conceive, this future Charge will give present Credit
for the Relief of the starving Condition of Ireland,
which is intended to be laid upon this Kingdom, as
an Adventure for Land in Ireland, for the Benefit of
the several Counties, proportionable to the Sums that
shall be raised in the particular Counties, to be employed to the Ease of their Public Charge; and do
likewise earnestly (fn. ‡) recommend the Care of that
Work to all such as are really affected to our Religion,
and the Cause we have in Hand, to advance Monies
for that Use, either by Way of Adventure, Loan,
or Weekly Contribution, in such Manner as shall be
agreed on by the Committee, and approved by the
Parliament, wherein both Houses of Parliament intend to shew that good Example, which they hope
all others will follow.
"For what may be advanced by Way of Adventure,
it is already provided, in a late Ordinance of Parliament, that all new Adventurers shall receive the
same Advantages granted to the former in the Act
of Parliament for the Adventurers of Ireland; and,
in the same Ordinance, Provision is made for the Security of all such as shall voluntarily lend to so pious
a Work; all which Monies now proposed to be advanced shall only have their Aspect forwards (without Consideration of former Arrears), and be disposed of, with all possible Care, to the best Advantage of this present Summer's Service; and for what
hath been formerly raised to that Purpose, it shall
most evidently appear to all the World, that it hath
been, with a great Overplus, disposed of for the Use
of Ireland; and that all Aspersions of that Nature
cast upon the Parliament have been but the malicious
Pretence of disaffected Persons, to excuse their own
Backwardness, and dishearten such as Desire to prevent the Ruin of our Religion, which we hope, by
our cordial and seasonable Endeavours, may speedily
be prevented, and this War soon brought to happy
Conclusion; and herein the Concurrence of most of
the Officers of that Kingdom administers great Encouragement, who are desirous (so well they affect
that Work) to underwrite the One Half of their Arrears due by Way of Adventure for Land, and also
take the One Half of what shall grow due, and is to
come likewise on the Condition of the Subscribers
at the Reducing of that Kingdom, desiring only to
subsist until the Work be finished.
"We have so just Reason, upon these many and
convincing Grounds, to be sensible of the extraordinary Care and pious Intentions of the well-affected
Party in this Kingdom, as we must not or cannot
doubt of their ready Zeal in the setting forward of
so pious, so charitable a Work, wherein the Religion
we profess lies at the Stake, and the Lives of so many
Thousands of our poor Protestant Brethren are in apparent Danger, unless by present Relief their approaching Ruin be timely prevented; nor can we well expect that God will long bless us, if we be wanting
to our Brethren, whose Preservation is so immediately linked to our own Safety, that we have much
Cause to suspect this Kingdom is much endangered,
when we have once absolutely lost that of Ireland;
for such is the Malice of the Rebels to our Nation,
that, if they once root us out of that Kingdom,
they will not despair, by themselves and their Confederates, wholly to extirpate both us and our Religion out of the Christian World.
"For Remedy whereof, in so much as the general
Ways observed on the last Act of Contribution hath
not procured such Means of Relief as are necessary
(though divers, both Persons and Parishes, have been
very bountiful), several of that Kingdom, with
others, are therefore directed to solicit the Business
by such particular Applications as may be hoped (in
a Work so earnestly crying for Relief) will beget
competent Supplies, for giving that Kingdom a Being,
and in all Likelihood preserving this from final Undoing; which, as it must be acknowledged to the
already Contributors, so is and shall be esteemed by
those who hereafter put Hand to the Work, as
a most acceptable Service to this and that Kingdom.
"These Things considered, we desire that all wellaffected People would heartily apply themselves to
prevent such Mischiefs, by chearful contributing to
so pious a Work, which will be an Act in the Esteem of all the World very commendable, and extremely acceptable to God and all good Men."
House adjourned till 10a cras.