DIE Lunæ, videlicet, 27 die Novembris.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Grey of Warke, Speaker.
Comes Essex, Lord General.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
The Earl of Northumb. acquainted this House, "That
he received a Letter on Saturday last from the Earl
of Warwicke, who desired him to present the same
to this House;" which this House commanded to be
E. of Warwick's Letter, for a Reinforcement of Ships.
"I am as desirous to perform my Charge faithfully
as any Man living, which (by God's Grace) I shall
ever endeavour to my uttermost to do; but, lest there
may be more expected from me than I am able to
perform with the Handful of Ships in respect of the
Work under my Command, I have in Discharge of
my Duty to the Houses sent up to your Lordships
a List of all the Ships I have, and how they are employed; that so the Houses may judge what I am
able to do with these few I have for so much Employment, and not think they have a Fleet on the
Irish Coasts to keep off the Rebels, when they have
none, or any to spare for Convoys for our Merchants,
for which I am every Day importuned by them; that
so, if any of them miscarry by the Enemies, I may
not be blamed for it, having so often writ for more
Ships ever since the First of August, as will appear by
my Letters to the Committee of the Navy; nor have
I any to send abroad, to intercept the daily Importation of Arms to your Adversaries, though I have continual Intelligence of them.
" (fn. *) If my Lords will have their Business done as I
desire thoroughly, they must be pleased to send me
Means to do it, by more Shipping; else, if your Enemies get a considerable Fleet out, it will be hard restraining them again; and if the Mariners (fn. †) again
taste once the Pillaging of your Merchants, they
will have Mariners enough, and you few enough; for
it is easy to give Content to Men with other Mens
"My Lord, I shall desire the Houses to consider
well what Ships of these can be spared from these
present Employments, to guard the Irish Seas, or be
a sufficient Guard for those Seas, considering you
have never a Port in Ireland you can trust any of
your Ships in, nor any Port in England or Wales for
Ships of their Burthen, considering the Enemy have
fitted at Bristoll and Barnstaple some Sixteen Sails,
and are fitting more every (fn. *) Day as fast as may be
I have written the same to the House of Commons,
to give them also an Account of your Strength
abroad; and shall expect your Lordships Commands
and theirs further in this Service; and so, praying
God to direct your Lordships Counsels, I commit
you to His Holy Protection, and humbly take Leave,
Downes, 22 Nov. 1643.
"Your Lordship's humble Servant,
"I shall humbly desire your Lordship to
acquaint the (fn. *) House of Peers, or
the Committee for the Safety, or
Navy, which you shall judge most
proper, with these, that they may
see how their Business stands, and
what is their Winter Guard; that
more may not be expected than I
can (fn. ‡) do with these I have, and so
many Places to guard."
Ordered, To be communicated to the House of
Message to the H. C. with it;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To communicate the Earl of Warwicke's Letter to
and for the E. of Stamford's Arrears to be paid.
2. That whereas there are Arrears due to the Earl of
Stamford and his Officers, for Service in the West; their
Lordships do recommend it unto them, that they may be
paid their Arrears with what Conveniency may be.
Message from thence, to fit on Tuesday and Thursday;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Strode, &c.
1. "To let their Lordships know, that the House of
Commons are resolved, notwithstanding their Order lately
made, to sit on Tuesday next until Twelve a Clock, and
Thursday next; and they desire their Lordships would
please to sit on those Days, if their Lordships shall so
to expedite the Great Seal;
2. In regard of the Stop of Original Writs, which
cannot be sealed in regard the Great Seal is not put into
Execution; therefore they desire their Lordships Expedition to the Desires at the last Conference delivered
and with Ordinances.
3. They desire their Lordships Concurrence in Two
1. An Ordinance against the Adjournment of this
Term. (Here enter.)
2. An Order, That the Five Thousand Pounds
assigned to Sir Wm. Waller shall be raised upon
the Credit of the Excise.
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with the House of Commons
to all the Particulars of this Message, excepting to that
Part concerning the Great Seal; which their Lordships
will speedily take the same into Consideration, and send
an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ld. Wharton to be cleared from a scandalous Report of Sir Henry Mildmay's.
It was moved, "That a Message (fn. *) may be sent to the
House of Commons, to desire them that they would
take into their Consideration the clearing and vindicating of the Honour of the Lord Wharton from the
scandalous Report that was raised of him by Sir Henry
Mildmay Knight, a Member of their House."
Message to the H. C. about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Aylett:
To desire them to take into Consideration the clearing
the Honour of the Lord Wharton; and likewise to desire
them to think of the Earl of Stamford's Paper against
Mr. Nicolls, a Member of theirs.
Committee of Safety to meet, to hear what the Earl of Warwick has to say to them.
The Earl of Warwicke acquainted this House, "That
he is come purposely from his Employment at Sea, to
acquaint the Parliament with some Things concerning
the Affairs of the Kingdom; and, because his Return
speedily was necessary, his Lordship desired that the
Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom may meet
this Afternoon:" Hereupon this House Ordered, To
send to the House of Commons, by the next Messengers,
to desire them that the Committee for the Safety may
meet this Afternoon.
French Ambassador remonstrates about the Manner of presenting Papers to the Houses.
The Earl of Northumberland acquainted this House,
That he attended the Prince De Harcourt with the
Answer of both Houses; and since sent to his Lordship Monsieur De Gressy, to acquaint him, that he
understands of a Declaration made by both Houses
of Parliament, that nothing shall be delivered to the
Parliament from any Ambassador until it be subscribed
by him; which will be a Prejudice to him in offering
any Thing to the Parliament."
Hereupon this House referred the Consideration hereof to the Committee for the Safety of the Kingdom,
to consider of some Expedient in this Business.
Lady Chandois's Petition, for a Maintenarce out of her Husband's Estate, which is sequestered.
Upon reading the humble Petition of the Lady
Susana Chandois; shewing, "That, by reason the whole
Estate of the Petitioner's Husband is liable to the
Ordinance of both Houses for Sequestrations, and
that so much thereof as lies under the Power of the
Parliament is already sequestered, amounting to the
Yearly Value of near Fourteen Hundred Pounds,
as by Accompt delivered to the Commissioners for
Sequestration for the County of Midd. may appear,
whereby your Petitioner is deprived of all Means
of present Subsistence and Support: Therefore the
Petitioner humbly desires that (in regard all the aforesaid Revenue is made to her in Jointure, and that,
by reason of Rent Charges upon the Estate, and
other Defalcation out of it, which must needs be expected to be great, the Parliament's Army having
always been quartered upon it, if the whole were,
through their Lordships Favour, assigned to the
particular Use and Benefit of the Petitioner, it would
be but a convenient Allowance for her Maintenance
and Support, in a Condition suitable to her Quality)
their Lordships will be pleased to allow her, if
not the whole Fourteen Hundred Pounds, yet such
a considerable Proportion for her Maintenance, as
in their Lordships Wisdom and Goodness shall seem
Hereupon this House Ordered, To recommend the
said Petition to the House of Commons, to be referred
to the Committee for Sequestrations, to give her Ladyship such an Allowance as her Affections to the Parliament deserves.
Mr. Langhorne to remain in Custody.
Ordered, That Mr. Langhorne, now in the Custody
of the Gentleman Usher attending this House, shall
remain in the Custody of the Gentleman Usher, until
he hath submitted to the Judgement of this House, and
paid the Money according to the said Order.
Clotworthies and Middleton.
Ordered, That the Cause between the Clatworthies
and others shall be heard on Thursday next; at which
Time all Parties interested and the Referees shall attend.
Private Business put off.
Ordered, That all Private Business (excepting such
as are now depending in this House) shall be put off
until Our Lady-day next.
Order against adjourning the next Term.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Judges of the several Courts in
Westm. and all Prothonotaries, Clerks, Attornies,
Cryers, and all other Persons and Officers whatsoever,
be required and enjoined not to adjourn the Term,
or execute any Thing, upon any Writ, Letter, or
other Direction whatsoever, sent from Oxon, or elsewhere, without the Order of both Houses of Parliament."
House adjourned till 10 a cras.