DIE Mercurii, 17 Januarii.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Gray de Warke.
Comes Essex, L. General.
Comes Warwicke, L. Admiral.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Ds. Willoughby de Parham.
Complaint against Spratt.
Ordered, That this House will hear the Business
concerning Steven Spratt on Saturday next, at Ten of
the Clock in the Morning; at which Time the Witnesses
formerly appointed are to attend this House.
Ordinance for appointing Sheriffs.
The Earl of Northumb. reported from the Committee for the Ordinance concerning the Sheriffs: "And
they offer some few Alterations of the Names of
some of them; as Sir Hennadge Proby for Buck, instead of Tho. Bulstrode Esquire; Humfry Fish instead
of Wm. Duncombe for Bedd.; John Norton instead of
Edw. Harby for the County of North'ton; Mr. Osborne instead of Tho. Wayte for the County of Rutland; and that Mr. Ric'd Norton of Hampshire (fn. *) be
left out for Hampshire."
Information that Sir Henry Vane, Junior, corresponds with the Enemy.
The Lord General informed this House, "That he
had received Intelligence that Sir Henry Vane the
Younger doth keep Correspondency with the Enemy,
and Letters have passed between him and the Lord
Lovelace; and, unless some Course be taken to prevent this, he cannot discharge his Duty herein as
Countess of Carlisle's Letter opened by some Members of the H. C.
Also this House was informed, "That a Letter of
the Countess of Carlile's was lately intercepted, by
some Members of the House of Commons, and
opened:" Hereupon this House appointed the Earl
of Manchester to let the said Countess know, "That
it was done contrary to the Knowledge of this House;
and that their Lordships will further enquire into the
Particulars of it."
Message from the H. C. with an Ordinance about Currants.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Rob't Pye Knight, and others:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Ordinance concerning Currants; which being read, was
committed to the Consideration of the Earl of Northumb.
Lord Viscount Say & Seale, and the Lord Wharton; who
are presently to meet, and report the same to this House.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will send an Answer presently, by
Messengers of their own.
Ordinance about Currants.
The Lord Viscount Say reported, "That the Committee concerning the Ordinance touching Currants
have considered of it, and have thought fit to make
an Addition therein:" Which being read, this House
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to it; and to the One for nominating Sheriffs.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Aylett:
To let them know, that this House agrees to the Ordinance concerning Currants, with an Addition, wherein
their Concurrence is desired; and that their Lordships
do agree to the Ordinance for the nominating Sheriffs
for divers Counties, with the Change of some Names,
instead of which their Lordships have propounded
others, wherein their Lordships desire Concurrence.
House adjourned till 10a, Friday next.