DIE Mercurii, videlicet, 6 die Decembris.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
Comes Essex, Lord General.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answers from the H. C.
The Messengers sent Yesterday to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
That they do agree in the Ordinance concerning paying One Thousand Pounds to Sir William Waller, with
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page, sent Yesterday with a
Message to the House of Commons, return with this
1. That they will give a Conference this Day at
10a of the Clock, concerning Prince Harcourt.
2. Concerning the Petition of Trinity Colledge in
Cambridge, they will take the same into Consideration,
and send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
3. Concerning the Petition of the Assembly, they
will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Message to them, for a Conference on the State of the Army.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To desire a Conference concerning the State of the
Pitchley committed, for stealing Wood in Endfeild Chace.
This Day Rob't Pitchley was brought a Delinquent
to the Bar, for stealing of Wood in Enfeild Chace, and
selling it, and for opposing the Woodward, and beating
him for searching for stolen Wood and securing (fn. *) it
according to the Order of this House, as appears by
the Affidavits of John Butchett, Wm. Lynge, John Fuller, and John White, John Lawes, and John Wylde:
Hereupon this House Ordered, that the said Rob't
Pitchley, (fn. †) for these Offences, shall be committed to the
House of Correction at Bridewell, there to remain until
the Pleasure of this House be further known.
Baron Henden's Assessment.
Ordered, That this House assesses Baron Hendon
at Two Thousand Pounds for the Twentieth Part, according to the Ordinance of Parliament, to be employed
(fn. ‡) for the Defence and Security of Poole and Lyme.
Upon reading a Certificate this Day, as following:
Account from the Committee in Cambridgeshire, of the sequestering the E. of Suffolk's Estate.
"We received an Order from the Committee of
Lords and Commons for Sequestration of Delinquents
Estates, signed and attested under Mr. Serjeant Wyld's
Hand, requiring us to certify the true Causes and
Ground of the Seizure of the Estate of the Right
Honourable James Earl of Suff. We have conferred with some of the Sequestrators; and do find
that Mr. Yoward, Solicitor for Sequestrations, did
give it [ (fn. *) under his Hand, that he did know there
was an Ordinance] of Parliament for the seizing of
the Earl of Suffolke's Estate, a Copy of which Writing
we have here underwritten. And this, they say,
is all the Reason and Cause why they did make
"This which follows, is a true Copy of Mr. Yoward's Writing, left with the Sequestrators under his
Hand, upon which they did seize the said Earl's
"As concerning the Earl of Suff. there is an Order
of Parliament for sequestering his Estate as a Delinquent: The Earl of Portland and the Earl of Bedford, I am credibly informed, are in the same Condition.
18 Sept. 1643.
"And this is all that we can certify touching the
Premises, who are
"Your Servants to serve you,
Ely, Nov. 9th. 1643.
Yoward sent for, as a Delinquent, about it.
The House taking the Certificate into Consideration,
and it appearing to this House that there is no Order
for sequestering the Estate of the Earl of Suff. as a
Delinquent, but that it is meer Misinformation of the
said Yoward; and because it is a Thing which tends
to the great Dishonour and Prejudice of his Lordship;
this House Ordered, That the said Yoward shall be
sent for as a Delinquent, to answer the aforesaid Misdemeanor.
Answer from the H. C.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
That they will give a Conference presently, as is
desired, in the Painted Chamber.
Affidavits concerning Persons who stole Wood from Endfeild Chace, and resisted the Officers who endeavoured to apprehend them.
"Whereas the Right Honourable the Lords now
assembled in Parliament, by their Ordinance bearing
Date the 6th Day of October last, have given Power
to the Woodward of Enfeild Chace, in the County
of Midd. to call to his Assistance all Constables, to
search for and secure what Wood he shall from
Time to Time find to be stolen out of the said
Chace: In Obedience to which Order and Command, John Butcher, Deputy to the Right Honourable Wm. Earl of Salisbury, maketh Oath, That he,
together with Three of his Servants, with a Cart
and Horses attending them, having called to their
Assistance one John White, now High Constable of
Edmonton, in the said County of Midd. and Robert
Waters, now Petty Constable of the same, on the
13th Day of this Instant Month of November, being
at Winsmore Hill in the said Parish of Edmonton, and
searching of some Yards for stolen Wood, one
Francis Warley, Robert Warley, Robert Abell, Robert
Pitchley, John Darby alias Darbyshire, John Morewood, Babbs, John Browne, Richard Hoare,
and between Forty and Fifty other Persons, or thereabouts, with Bills, Axes, and Staves, did, in a most
riotous and violent Manner, assault and beat this
Deponent and his Three Servants, and cut One of
the Horses in Two Places, and also the Harness
thereunto belonging, and would not suffer them to
go on upon the said Service, notwithstanding the
said Ordinance, and the Constable's Power and Persuasion therein.
Jur. 17 die Novem. 1643.
"John Butcher, Deputy to the Right Honourable Wm.
Earl of Salisbury, maketh Oath, That he hath several
Times taken Robert Pitchley, of Winsmore Hill, in the
Parish of Edmonton, cutting down the Woods in Enfeild Chace; and the said Pitchley confessed unto this
Deponent upon Tuesday last, that he hath lately sold
unto his own Use Four Loads of Wood, which he had
stolen out of the said Chase; and further, that the
said Pitchley hath had a Share out of many other
Loads of Wood which had been taken in the same
Kind, or Words to that Purpose: And this Deponent
doth conceive, and so the Neighbours of the said
Pitchley report, that he doth take no other Course of
Living, but Stealing and Selling of Wood."
Jur. 1 Decembris, 1643.
"John Lawes, Servant unto the above-named John
Butcher, maketh Oath, That he hath taken the abovenamed Robert Pitchley cutting down and felling the
Woods in Enfeild Chace at least Forty several Times,
once whereof he found him about Twelve of the Clock
in the Night, where he had felled a Beech of about
a Load of Wood; and he doth conceive, and so the
Neighbours of the said Pitchley report, that he doth
take no other Course of Living but Stealing and
Selling of Wood."
Jur. 1 Decembris, 1643.
"William Linge, Servant unto the above-named John
Butcher, maketh Oath, that he hath lately several
Times taken the above-named Ro. Pitchley carrying
away Wood out of Enfeild Chace, which he had unlawfully taken and felled; and the said Pitchley told
this Deponent, That he had as much Power to fell any
of the Wood in the said Chase as the said John Butcher,
or Words to that Purpose."
Jur. 1 Decembris, 1643.
"Whereas, by virtue of an Ordinance of Parliament
dated the 6th Day of October last past, Power was
given to John Butcher, Deputy to the Right Honourable William Earl of Salisbury, Chief Woodward of
Enfeild Chace, in the County of Midd. to call to his
Assistance all Constables, to search for and secure
what Wood he shall from Time to Time find to be
stolen out of the said Chase: In Obedience to which
said Order, the said John Butcher did, on the 13th
Day of November last past, call to his Assistance John
White now High Constable of Edmonton, in the
County aforesaid, Robert Waters of the same Petty
Constable, William Lynge, John Lawes, and others, as
namely John Wyld of Edmonton aforesaid Gentleman,
who, at the Request of the said John White and John
Butcher, did with them repair to Winsmore Hill, in
the said Parish of Edmonton, to search in some Mens
Yards there: Now the said John White, Robert Waters,
William Lynge, John Lawes, and John Wyld, make
Oath, That, upon the said 13th Day of November
aforesaid, Francis Warley, Robert Warley, Robert Abell,
Robert Pitchely, John Darby alias Darbyshire, John
Moorewood, Babbs, and Browne, with
divers Persons, who, with Bills, Axes, and Staves, did
in a most riotous and violent Manner assault and beat
the said John Butcher and his Servants, and would not
suffer them to go on upon the said Service, nothwithstanding the Ordinance aforesaid, and the Constables
Powers and Perswasions therein.
Jur. 1 die Decembris, 1643.