DIE Sabbati, 25 Novembris.
Lord Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Comes Essex, Lord General.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer from the H. C. about the French Ambassador's Papers, and the Answers, &c.
Sir Edward Leech, &c. reported, "That he had delivered his Message to the House of Commons, sent
thither on Wednesday last; that they do agree in the
Alterations to the Answer concerning the Paper from
Prince Harcourt; and they have appointed a proportionable Number of their House, to join with the Two
Lords, to deliver the Paper concerning the Couriers
of Prince Harcourt to pass their Guards; and that they
shall meet at Salisbury House, at Four of the Clock, as
Report of the Conference about Papers from Scotland;
Next, the Speaker reported the Remainder of the
Conference on Wednesday last:
1. " The Copy of a Paper, wherein the Lords of the
Privy Council of Scotland agree with the General
(fn. *) Assembly and Convention of Estates in the Covenant," was read. (Here enter it.)
2. Was read, "The Copy of the King's Letter to the
Commissioners of Peace in Scotland." (Here enter it.)
3. Was read, "The Copy of the Letter of the Privy
Council of Scotland, to the King, at Oxford, 19
October 1643." (Here enter it.)
Likewise it was reported, "That the Scotts had summoned the Marquis of Hamilton, the Earl of Lannericke, and all those Lords of Scotland that have not
taken the Covenant; and they intend that whosoever
refuses the Covenant, their Lands and Estates shall be
and about the Great Seal.
4. It was reported, "That the House of Commons
brought up a Paper, concerning some Propositions
concerning the putting the Great Seal into Execution;
which they offered to their Lordships Consideration."
The Paper was read.
Ordered, To be considered of when this House is
Some Officers to be sent to Sir William Waller, who is likely to be engaged.
A Letter was read, directed, from Sir Wm. Waller, to
the Lord General, to let him know, "That the Enemy
is very near him, and likely speedily to give him
Battle; therefore desires he may be supplied with
some able Officers:" Which this House recommended
to the Lord General, to send some able Officers to him.
Report of the Answer delivered to the French Ambassador.
The Earl of Lyncolne reported, "That the Earl of
Sarum and himself, with a Committee of the House
of Commons, attended Prince Harcourt, to acquaint
him with the Answer of both Houses, concerning
the permitting that such Persons as he sends to Oxford may pass quietly; with which he seemed to be
E. of Holland's Petition, for Leave to go to his House:
"For my Lords the Peers.
"The humble Petition of Henry Earl of Holland.
"My Return to attend your Lordships, with those
Circumstances and Expressions I made at your Examinations of me, may, I hope, satisfy you of my Sincerity
to serve the Parliament, and in that the Kingdom; and
having with much Duty continued for this Nineteen
Days in Restraint, in the Custody of your Gentleman
(fn. *) Usher, I hope it may appear no unreasonable Request (a growing Indisposition, by the Closeness of
this Place, persuading me unto it), humbly to desire
your Lordships, that you will be pleased to permit
me to go to my House, where I shall with much
Thankfulness and Faithfulness attend your Lordships
further Pleasures and Commands.
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the Earl of
Holland shall be removed to his House, there to remain until the further Pleasure of this House be
Message from the H. C. with an Order;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Strode and others:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars following:
1. An Order for paying to Sir Wm. Waller One
Thousand Pounds, out of the Monies at Haberdashers
Hall. (Here enter it.)
for the E. of Middlesex's Assessment to be levied;
2. That the Thousand Pounds assessed upon the
Earl of Middlesex may be forthwith levied, and sent
to the Forces at Farnham.
Ordered, To hear the Report of the Committee first.
for Ld. Newburgh to be assessed;
3. That the Lord Newburgh, an Assistant of this
House, may be assessed for his Twentieth Part.
and about the Great Seal.
4. To give Expedition to the Propositions concerning putting the Great Seal into Execution.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed
to rate and assess the Assistants shall make their Report
concerning that Business.
The Answer returned was:
That their Lordships agree for paying the Thousand Pounds at Haberdashers Hall; and concerning the
Earl of Midd. the Lord Newburgh, and the Great Seal,
their Lordships will send an Answer by Messengers of
Pettus and Ayliff.
Ordered, That the Cause of Mrs. Pettus shall be
heard at this Bar this Day Sevennight.
Letter from the Council of Scotland to His Majesty.
"Most Sacred Soveraigne,
"Wee have received Your Majesty's Two Letters, of
the 14th and 16th of September last; and as wee shall
ever bee ready, by our Example, and Authority which
Your Majesty and Parliament hath committed to us,
to render and procure submisse and ready Obedience
to all Your Majesty's just Commaunds, soe wee cannott,
out of the Sence our Duty and Trust putts upon us,
but expresse our unfained Griefe and Sorrowe that any
should presume to give such sinister Informations and
hard Impressions to Your Majesty, of the Generall
Assembly of the Kirke of God, and Three Estates
of this Kingdome, to brand theire Proceedings with
soe heavy Imputations, as the Violation of theire Religion, Alleigance to Your Majesty, and Lawes of this
Kingdome, and procure such Comaundments as cannott without Violation of all these bee obtempered.
The entering into a mutuall League and Covenant
was resolved upon by the Generall Assembly and Convention of Estates, after mature Deliberation, as a
cheife Meanes for Preservation of Religion, Your
Majesty's Honnor and Happines, and the Peace and
Safety of Your Kingdomes; and, being imbraced as
it now is in England, was thought fitt and enjoyned to
bee taken by all Your Majesty's Subjects, and is accordingly (before the Receipt of Your Majesty's
Letters) ordayned by the Commissioners of the Generall Assembly, and Committee of Estates, to bee
with all Religious Solemnityes sworne and subscribed
by all Your Majesty's Subjects of this Kingdome, as
Your Majesty may perceave by the severall Acts prefixt to the Covenant, which wee have herewith sent to
Your Majesty: And since the Generall Assembly and
Convention of Estates have thought fitt and ordayned
this Covenant to bee entered into, and that they all
who doe take the same doe solemnely sweare that they
have not other End before theire Eyes, but the Glory
of God, the Preservation of Religion, Your Majesty's
Honnor, and the true Publique Libertyes and Peace
of Your Kingdomes, it is our earnest Prayer, and
would bee our exceeding greate Joy, that Your Majesty, as Defender of the Faith, and Monarch of the
Three Kingdomes, would, to the Rejoyceing of the
People of God, and Terror of all the Enemyes of
Religion, and of Your Majesty's Greatnes and Happines, joyne Your Royall Consent and Authority, and
be the cheife Maintayner and Promoter of this Covenant.
"The Proclamation of the 18th of August, by the
Convention of Estates, wants not the Warrant of
Your Majesty's Royall Authority; for the whole
Proclamation and Citations given out by any of Your
Majesty's Judicatoryes of this Kingdome are, and ever
have beene, by the Lawes and inviolable Practise thereof, (fn. *) emitted in Your Majesty's Name; and if all Proclamations not imediatly warranted by Your Majesty's selfe shal bee disobeyed, there can bee noe Obedience given here to Your Majesty's Lawes, which
is the surest Rule of Obedience: And as the Estates
of this Your Majesty's Kingdome, the Tyme of the
late Convention, from the Apprehension of imminent Dangers to Religion, Your Majesty's Person,
and Peace of this Kingdome, thought then fitt to put
this Kingdome into a Posture of Defence; soe doth the
late Cessation in Ireland, whereby the Popish Rebells
designed in the said Cessation, Your Majesty's Catholique Subjects who have massacred many Thousand
Protestant Subjects there, are authorized to provide
themselves with all Sorts of Armes and Ammunition,
not only in Your Majesty's Kingdomes, but alsoe in
all other Kingdomes and States with whome Your Majesty is in League, and to prosecute all Your Majesty's Protestant Subjects who shall not imbrace
the Cessation offered, of new; a just Ground to all
Your Majesty's Protestant Subjects to joyn the more
speedily and heartily in this mutuall League and
Covenant, for the Defence of the Protestant Religion,
Your Majesty's Honnor, and for theire owne Safety:
And as, by the Duty of our Place, wee are obliged
to this Freedome, soe wee are confident that Your
Majesty, in Your Royall Wisdome, will, according
to the Loyalty and Sincerity of our Intentions, favorably construct that wee cannott record nor publish these Your Majesty's Letters, as that which
would but greive the Hearts of Your good Subjects,
and prove most disadvantagious to Your Majesty's
Service, which wee shall ever study to advance with
that Affection and Fidelity which becometh."
Edenb. 19 October, 1643.
His Majesty's Letter to the Commissioners of Peace in Scotland.
"Right Trusty and Right Well-beloved Cousins
and Counsellors, Right Trusty and Well-beloved
Counsellors, and Trusty and Well-beloved, We Greet
you well: No Industry could hitherto so far have
prevailed with Us, as to gain any Belief that Our
Scottish Subjects would countenance, much less assist,
this bloody Rebellion in England; yet We know
not how to understand the levying of Forces both
Horse and Foot within Our Native Kingdoms, and
the entering Our Town of Barwicke in an hostile
Manner: You are particularly trusted by Us and
Our Parliament (and solemnly sworn to be faithful
in the Discharge of your Trust) of seeing the Articles of the late Treaty observed, which here are
most grossly violated: Therefore We require you,
as you will be answerable to God, to Us, and Our
Parliament, to take speedy and present Order for recalling and suppressing these Forces.
"Our most malicious Enemies must bear Us Witness, how religiously We have observed these Articles on Our Part; whereof if We had not been
more tender than the Advisers of this Breach have
been of the Public Faith, it is obvious to any how
easily We could have secured that Town from all
"We have likewise thought fit to take Notice of
the present Preparations in that Our Kingdom, of
raising an Army by a new Authority to come into
Our Kingdom of England, under a Pretence of securing themselves from the Invasion of a Popish and
Prelatical Army, falsely alledged to be upon the
Borders; such Forces as We have there being only
for protecting of Our distressed Subjects from Invasion of the Rebels from their Ships, Barwick, and
The Holy Island, and for no other End: Such then
as shelter themselves under that Pretext will find
from thence but a slender Warrant before God, who
knows the Integrity of Our Heart, and how inviolably We intend to preserve all that We have granted
unto that Kingdom, so long as they shall suffer themselves to be capable of Our Protection and those
Favours: Therefore We do require you, not only
to oppose and suppress all such unwarrantable Levies, but, by your Public Declarations, to disabuse
those Rebels in England, who endeavour to engage
you in their Rebellions, and (fn. *) expect Assistance from
you. In all which We look for your ready Obedience, and expect a present Account thereof. We
bid you heartily Farewell.
"Given at Our Court at Oxford, the 26 Day of
September, in the Nineteenth Year of Our
"At Edenburgh, 18th October, 1643.
Order of the Council of Scotland, for taking the Covenant.
"The which Day some of the Ministers of the Presbitery of Edenburgh, compered Personally before
the Lords of Privy Councell, did, in Name and by
Warrant of the said Presbitery, give in the Solemne
League and Covenant, together with the Acts of
the Convention of Estates and Generall Assembly,
and of the Commissioners of the said Convention
and Generall Assembly, made for sweareing and subscribeing of the same; and desired the said Lords of
Privy Councell to concurre, by theire Example and
Authority, in the Commissioners of the Generall Assembly, for sweareing and subscribeing thereof: And
the Councell haveing read and considered the said Acts
and Covenant, and finding the same to tend to the
Good of Religion, His Majesty's Honnour, and Peace
of these Kingdomes, they doe hereby concurre with the
Judgment of the Commissioners of the Convention
and Generall Assembly thereanennt, and accordingly
ordered the same to bee sworne and subscribed by all
His Majesty's Subjects of this Kingdome; and appoints
the Second Day of November next for the Councell to
sweare and signe the said League; and that Letters bee
written to the whole Councell, to keepe the said Day
precisely, as they desire not bee esteemed Enemyes to
Religion, His Majesty's Honnour, and Peace of the
"Extract. de Libris Actor. Secret. Consilii S. D. N.
Regis, per me subscrib.
"Arch. Primrose, Cler. S. Con."
Order for 1000l. for the Forces under Sir William Waller.
"It is this Day Ordered, That, in respect of the
great Necessity of the Forces at Farnham, that the
Committee at Habberdashers Hall do give present
Order, that One Thousand Pounds of the Monies remaining there be forthwith paid in to the Treasurers
at Guildhall; [ (fn. *) and that they] do forthwith pay the
said Thousand Pounds (notwithstanding that it be not
signed by those that are appointed to sign Warrants
for the Payment of Monies) to the Treasurer at Wars,
to the End it may be immediately sent to Sir William
Waller; and this Thousand Pounds is to be deducted
out of the Credit for Five Thousand Pounds out of
House adjourned till Monday next, 10 a o'Clock.