DIE Martis, videlicet, 27 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Smith.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Message from the H. C. to expedite the Oath of Secrecy.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Peter Wenthworth:
To desire that their Lordships would please to give
Expedition to the Oath of Secrecy to be given to the
Committees of both Kingdoms, it being a Thing that
concerns the Safety of the Kingdom.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will be ready to concur with the House
of Commons in any Thing that concerns the Safety of the
Kingdom; but as touching the Oath of Secrecy, this
House hath Resolved already the Negative.
Message from the H. C. with Orders.
A Message was brought (fn. *) from the House of Commons, by Mr. Greene and others,
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in divers Orders:
1. An Order concerning the Taking of Reprisals.
2. An Ordinance giving Power to the Lord Fairefaix
and Sir Thomas Fairefaix to levy and press Soldiers, &c.
for the Defence of the Kingdom.
3. An Order to give Power to the Lord Fairefaix to
displace scandalous Ministers in the County of Yorke, and
put able Ministers into their Places. (Here enter it.)
Read Thrice, and Agreed to.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will send an Answer by Messengers
of their own.
Message to the H. C. about Sir John Conyers's Leave to stay in Holland;
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To deliver to them Sir John Conyer's Petition, Lieutenant of The Tower; and to let them know, that this
House hath given him Leave to stay in Holland until
Midsummer next; and to desire their Concurrence herein.
and to expedite L. Howard's Ordinance.
2. To desire them to give Expedition to the Ordinance
concerning the Lord Howard, formerly sent down to them.
Ordinance for Reprisals.
The Ordinance concerning the taking of Reprisals
was read Twice, and Ordered to be committed to
these Lords following, who are to report their Opinions
thereof to this House:
|L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Any Three, to meet when they please; and (fn. *) they
Covenant to be tendered to the E. of Monmouth.
Ordered, That the Earls of Rutland and Bolingbrooke shall tender the late Covenant to the Earl of
Letter from the Elector Palatine.
The Speaker acquainted this House, "That he hath
received a Letter from the Prince Elector;" which
And this House Resolved, To communicate it to the
House of Commons, at a Conference; and afterwards
to communicate it to the Scotts Commissioners.
Ordinance for Reprisals.
The Lord Admiral reported, "That the Committee
hath considered of the Ordinance (fn. †) for Reprisals; and
they think it fit to pass, with the adding the Name
of Andrew Burrell." Which said Ordinance was read
the Third Time, and Agreed to. (Here enter it.)
Ordinance for Lord Fairfax to press Soldiers.
Next, the Ordinance concerning giving Power to the
Lord Fairefaix for to press Soldiers, for the Defence of
the King and Kingdom, was read the Third Time, and
Agreed to, with the adding of the Name Andrew
Message to the H. C. that the Lords agree to it; and for removing scandalous Ministers; and for Reprisals.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that this House agrees to the Ordinance giving Power to the Lord Fairefaix to press Soldiers; and likewise to the Ordinance to give the Lord
Fairefaix Power to remove scandalous Ministers, and
place others in their Places; and to the Ordinance concerning the Taking of Reprisals, this House agrees to it
with the adding of Andrew Burrell.
Jennings and Sir Thomas Dawes.
Next, this House heard the Cause between Mr. Jennyns and Sir Thomas Dawes, concerning Five Bonds,
whether they be in Trust or not.
Sir Tho. Dawes Answer was read, being to this Effect,
That the Bonds were for Money lent, and not in
Trust." (Here enter it.)
And it being objected by the Counsel of Sir Thomas
Dawes, "That Mr. Jennyns is not concerned in these
Bonds, and Mr. Latch doth not appear, and is made
no Party to it; but this House taking into Consideration that Mr. Jennyns, Prosecutor in Behalf of Mr.
Latch, was, by the Decree of this House, to have the
Benefit of the Bond of One Hundred Thousand
Pounds on Behalf of Mr. Latch, of which Bond there
can be no (fn. ‡) Fruit, because of the Bonds now in Question, which stands as an Impediment;" this House overruled the said Objection, and Ordered, To hear Counsel
on both Sides on Saturday next, whether the Bonds in
the Hands of the Clerk of the Parliament be real Bonds,
or in Trust; and Sir Tho. Dawes to have Copies of such
Writings as they shall desire of Mr. Jennyns concerning
E. of Monmouth took the Covenant.
The Earls of Rutland and Bolingbrooke reported to
this House, "That the Earl of Monmouth hath taken
and subscribed the late Covenant; and that the Earl
of Midd. is desired to take the Covenant:" And this
House Ordered, That the said Earls of Bolingbrooke
and Rutland shall tender the Covenant to him.
Answers from the H. C.
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page return with this Answer:
That the House of Commons do agree for granting
Leave to the Lieutenant of The Tower, Sir John Conyers,
to be absent from his Charge until Midsummer next.
Touching the Ordinance concerning the Lord Howard,
they will send an Answer, by Messengers of their own,
in convenient Time.
Sir Edward Leech, &c. returned with this Answer
from the House of Commons:
That they agree to the Ordinance for taking of Ships,
with the adding the Name of Andrew Burrell.
(Here enter it.)
Commission for the Master of the Rolls & al. to fit in Chancery.
Next, the Lord Viscount Say & Seale reported, "That
the Committee have considered of the Commission to
the Master of the Rolls and others to sit in Chancery;
and they find it agreeable to former Commissions, and
think it fit to pass, with leaving out Two Names:"
Which was read, and approved of by this House accordingly; and Ordered to be sent down to the House of
Commons, on Thursday Morning next.
Ordinance for L. Fairfax to remove scandalous Ministers in Yorkshire.
"The Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament,
being credibly informed that many Ministers in the
County of Yorke are not only of scandalous Life and
Conversation, but, leaving their Charges and Cures,
have withdrawn themselves wilfully from the same,
and have joined with such Forces as are raised against
the Parliament and Kingdom (thereby giving evil Example to the People under their Charge), and have
aided and assisted the said Forces with Men, Money,
Horses, or Arms: The said Lords and Commons, taking
the Premises into Consideration, have Ordained and
authorized, and do hereby Ordain and authorize, the
Right Honourable Ferdinando Lord Fairefax to nominate, appoint, and place, such able, learned, and
godly Divines as he shall think fit, unto all such
Churches and Places in the said County of Yorke, as
are or shall be void or destitute of Ministers, by their
withdrawing themselves to the Forces raised against
the Parliament, or are or shall be sequestered by virtue
of any Ordinance or Order of Parliament; and shall
and may cause the said Ministers, so nominated, appointed, and placed, to be put into Possession accordingly; which said Ministers respectively shall and may
receive, perceive, and take to their own Use, the Profits and Revenues belonging to their Churches and
Cures, in as large and ample Manner as the Ministers
thereof have formerly used to do."
Ordinance for L. Fairfax to press Soldiers in Yorkshire.
"Forasmuch as the Northern Parts of this Kingdom
have been, and are, cruelly wasted, plundered, and
spoiled, and the well-affected Subjects thereof murthered or imprisoned, by the Forces under the Command of the Earl of Newcastle, and of those that
command under him, the Calamities of those Northern
Counties being lately increased, and are still likely
to increase, by the daily Access of Forces from Ireland,
and the tyrannous Execution of illegal Commissions of
Array, the Remedy and Prevention whereof most probably (by God's Assistance) will be by raising suddenly
a considerable Power and Forces: Be it therefore
Ordained, by the Lords and Commons assembled in
Parliament, and by Authority of the same, That the
Deputy Lieutenants and Committees of Parliament, or
any Two or more of them, within their several Limits
and Jurisdictions, in the several Counties and Places
under the Command of the Right Honourable Ferdinando Lord Fairfax, by virtue of an Ordinance of
both Houses of Parliament; of the of November
1642, and of the Lord General his Excellency's
Commission, shall and are hereby authorized, from
Time to Time, until other Order be taken by both
Houses of Parliament; to raise, levy, and imprest, such
Number of Soldiers, Gunners, and Chirurgeons, for
the Defence of the King, Kingdom, and Parliament,
as shall be appointed by the said Lord Fairefax, or
Sir Thomas Fairefax his Son, by Warrant under the
Hand and Seal of either of them respectively; and
to command all Constables and other Officers to be
aiding and assisting unto them in the said Service of
Impresting; all which Persons so to be imprested, and
every of them, shall have such Imprest-money, Coat,
and Conduct-money, Wages, and Entertainment, and
other necessary Charges and Allowances, as shall be
fit and convenient, according to the Discretion of the
Committees and Deputy Lieutenants, or any Two or
more of them respectively; and if any Person or Persons shall wilfully refuse so to be imprested for the
said Service, that then it shall and may be lawful to
and for the said Persons authorized as aforesaid to
commit them to Prison, until they shall yield Obedience,
or pay the Sum of Ten Pounds to the said Committees
or Deputy Lieutenants, to be employed for the Supply
of the said Service.
"Provided always, That this Ordinance shall not
extend to the pressing of any Clergyman, Scholar, or
Student, in any the Universities, Inns of Court or
Chancery, or Houses of Law, or any the Trained
Bands; or of any Person rated in the last Subsidies
granted by the Parliament, or the Son of any Person
rated at Five Pounds Goods, or Three Pounds Lands,
in the Subsidy-books; or of any Person of the Rank
or Degree of an Esquire or upwards, or the Son of
any such Person, or the Son of the Widow of
any such Person; or to the pressing of any Person
under the Age of Eighteen Years, or above the Age
of Fifty; or of the Members or Officers of either
House of Parliament, or of the menial Servants of
the Members or Officers of either of the said Houses,
or any the Assistants of the Lords House, or any of
their menial Servants; or of any Mariner, Seaman,
Commission for the Master of the Rolls & al. to sit in Chancery.
"Rex &c. Dilecto & Fidelinostro Gulielmo Lenthall Armigero, Magistro Rotulorum Curiæ Cancellariæ nostræ,
ac Prolocutori Domus Communis, in Parliamento nostro
apud Westm. in Comitatu Midd. tento, modo assemblato, ac Dilectis & Fidelibus nostris Thomæ Trevor
Militi, uni Baronum Scaccarii nostri, Edmundo Reve
Militi, uni Justiciariorum nostrorum de Banco, & Francisco Bacon Armigero, uni Justiciariorum nostrorum ad
Placita coram Nobis tenenda assignati, necnon Dilectis & Fidelibus nostris Roberto Rich Militi, Ed'ro
Leech Militi, Joh'i Page Armigero, Thomæ Eden,
Thomæ Bennitt, Rob'to Aylett, Thomæ Heath & Justiniano Lewen, Legum Doctoribus, Magistris Curiæ Cancellariæ nostræ prædictæ, Salutem: Quia Præhonorabiles & Prædilecti Consanguinei nostri Henricus Comes
Kanc. et Oliverus Comes Bullingbrooke, ac Dilecti et
Fideles nostri Oliverus St. John Armiger, Solicitator
noster Generalis, Joh'es Wyld Serviens ad Legem,
Samuell Browne Armiger, et Edmundus Prideaux Armiger (Commissionarii nostri Auctoritate Parliamenti
nostri prædicti constituti, ad Magnum Sigillum Angl.
(inter alia)custodiendum & disponendum) arduis Negotiis
Regni nostri Angl. continue intendentes, in eisdem adeo
versantur, quod attendere non possunt ea quæ in Causis
Materiis inter diversos Ligeos & Subditos nostros, ac
alios, in prædicta Curia Cancellariæ nostræ pendentes,
agenda, tractanda, audienda, expedienda, excutienda,
et terminanda funt, & fieri debent; Nos, præmissa
considerantes, volentesque omnibus et singulis Ligeis
nostris, ac aliis, quascunque Materias in eadem Curia
Cancellariæ nostræ prosequendas five prosecuturas
plenam et celerem Justiciam exhiberi, tam in Absentia
quam in Præsentia prædictorum Commissionariorum pro
Magno Sigillo prædicto; ac de Fidelitate et provido
Circumspectionibus vestris in hac Parte plurimum confidentes, de Avisamento Parliamenti nostri prædicti
assignavimus vos, ac Tenore præsentium damus vobis,
tribus vel pluribus vestrum (quorum præfatum Gulielmum Lenthall, Thomam Trevor, Edmundum Reve,
aut Franciscum Bacon, unum esse volumus) in Absentia
dictorum Commissionariorum pro Magno Sigillo prædicto, plenam Potestatem & Auctoritatem audiendum &
examinandum quascunque Materias, Causas, et Petitiones, coram vobis in dicta Cancellaria nostra, inter
quoscunque Ligeos & Subditos nostros, aut alios quoscunque, nunc pendentes, aut imposterum exhibendas
et pendendas, & easdem Materias, Causas, & Petitiones
juxta summas Discretiones vestras, trium vel plurium
vestrum, ut prædictum est, finaliter terminandum, & debite
Executione demandandum; Partesque in Materiis, Causis,
seu Petitionibus illis nominatas ac specificatas, ac Testes
et alios quoscunque quos vobis tribus, vel pluribus
vestrum, ut prædictum est, fore videbitur evocandum,
quoties expediri videritis, coram vobis tribus, vel pluribus vestrum, evocandum, ac ipsos et eorum quemlibet debite examinari compellendum, Diesque productorios imponendum & assignandum Processusque quoscunque in ea Parte necessarios concedendum & fieri
faciendum, Contemptus etiam quoscunque commissos
five perpetratos debite castigandum & puniendum, cæteraque omnia et singula saciendum & exequendum quæ
circa præmissa necessaria fuerunt, seu quomodolibet
oportuna; et ideo vobis mandamus, quod circa præmissa diligenter intendatis, ac ea faciatis et exequamini
cum Effectu: Mandamus etiam, Tenore præsentium,
omnibus et singulis Officiariis et Ministris Curiæ nostræ
Cancellariæ prædictæ, quod vobis, tribus vel pluribus
vestrum, ut prædictum est, in Executione præmissorum
diligenter intendant prout decet: Volumus etiam, &
per præsentes concedimus, quod omnia & singula Judicia five finalia Decreta, ac Ordines, per vos, tres aut
plures vestrum, ut prædictum est, super hujusmodi
Causis five Materiis ac Petitionibus ut præfertur, reddenda five fienda sint & esse debeant, tanti & consimilis, Valoris, Effectus Efficiatiæ, Roboris & Virtutis,
ac si per prædictos Commissionarios pro Magno Sigillo
prædicto, ut prefertur, constitutos, aut per tres eorum,
prout per Ordinationem Parliamenti nostri prædicti in
ea Parte habitam et provisam designantur, et in Curia
Cancellariæ prædictæ reddita five reddenda forent;
proviso tamen quod omnia et singula hujusmodi Judicia
five finalia Decreta per vos, tres vel plures vestrum,
ut prædictum est, virtute præsentium, Modo et Forma
prædictis, reddenda five fienda, Manibus vestris, trium
vel plurium vestrum (quorum præsatum Gulielmum Lenthall, Thomam Trevor, Edmundum Reve, aut
Franciscum Bacon, unum esse volumus) subscribantur
et consignentur; et superinde eadem Judicia five finalia
Decreta præfatis Commissionariis pro Magno Sigillo
prædicto, tribus vel pluribus eorum, ut prædictum est,
præsententur et liberentur; quodque nulla eorundem
Judiciorum five finalium Decretorum irrotulentur aut
quovis Modo executa sint, antequam iidem Commissionarii pro Magno Sigillo prædicto, aut tres vel plures
eorum, ut prædictum est, ea Manibus suis propriis similiter consignent: Et quod hæ Literæ nostræ Patentes
durabunt et permanebunt in plenis Robore et Effectu
donec aliter per alias Literas nostras Patentes huic
Commissioni supersederi mandatur, aut per prædictos
Commissionarios pro Magno Sigillo prædicto, tres vel
plures eorum, ut prædictum est, in plena Curia determinari decretum et irrotulatum erit.
"In cujus Rei, &c. Teste, &c."
Prince Elector's Letter to the Speaker.
"The pious, loyal, and grievous Professions of
both Houses of Parliament, for the Establishment of
the true Protestant Religion, the King's Honour and
Happiness, and the Peace and Safety of His Dominions,
being lately confirmed by the Covenant taken jointly
with the Estates of Scotland do give me Occasion to
desire your Favour, in representing on my Behalf to
the Honourable House of Peers the joyful Concurrence of my hearty Wishes to the same Effect; beseeching them, that, when they shall have obtained
it, they will be pleased to consider my Public Interests
with that Favour as they have formerly declared in
my Behalf, whereby they will oblige me still to endeavour all Means of Gratitude and Service towards
them; not doubting but the Estates of Scotland will,
according to my Request upon this Occasion, and their
former Promise, willingly join with the Parliament of
England therein; and I shall acknowledge towards
your Particular the good Offices you will be pleased
to do me in this Business, with no less desire to prove
Hage, the 12 / 22 of February, 1644.
Most affectionate Friend
to serve you,
"For my Lord Grey of Warke,
Speaker of the House of
"An Ordinance for the selling and disposing of
all Ships and Goods taken by Reprisal, and
belonging to the State.
Ordinance for Reprisals.
"Forasmuch as divers Ships and Goods, heretofore
taken and surprized by the Ships employed in the
immediate Service of the King and Parliament, have
been, by definitive Sentence in the High Court of
Admiralty, according to certain Ordinances made by
the Lords and Commons now assembled in Parliament,
adjudged for lawful Prize: The said Lords and Commons do therefore Order and Ordain, That Thomas
Smith Esquire, and John Hill Merchant, shall be, and
are appointed, Collectors, by themselves and their
lawful Deputies, to receive and take into his or their
Possession all such Ships, or Parts and Shares of such
Ships and Goods, which have been already taken and
adjudged Prize, or hereafter shall be taken and adjudged Prize as aforesaid, as by the said Ordinances
ought to accrue to the State: And, to the Intent that
Ships and Goods may be sold for the best Advantage
of the State, the said Lords and Commons do further
Order and Ordain, That such Ships or Part of Ships
and Goods shall be truly inventoried and sold (or
otherwise disposed of to the Use of the Navy), by
the Commissioners hereafter named, or by any Four
or more of them, or by Persons by them or any
Four of them deputed thereunto, under the Hands
and Seals of such Commissioners, or any Four of them;
that is to say, by Thomas Andrewes Alderman of London, Morris Tompson, Brian Harrison, Samuell Avery,
William Methold, John Holland, Richard Cranley, Roger
Twidy, John Morris, Andrew Burrell, and Solomon
Smith, Gentlemen; who are by this Ordinance nominated, constituted, and authorized, to make Sale, or
otherwise to dispose of the said Ships and Goods, for
the best Advantage of the State, according to the true
Intent and Meaning of this Ordinance; and are to
take Inventories of the same, and keep Accompt of
the Monies arising upon such Sale, to the Intent that
the several Collectors may be duly charged with the
same, and the Monies for which they were sold; which
said Collector or Collectors are to make Payment of
the said Monies arising upon the Sale of such Ships
and Goods, by Order of the Committee of the Navy
(who are hereby authorized thereunto), unto the Treasurer of the Navy for the Time being, whose Receipt
for the same, together with the Order of the said Committee, shall be a sufficient Discharge for the said Collector or Collectors; and the said Committee for the
Navy shall hereby have Power, from Time to Time,
to call the said Collector or Collectors, to render to
them Accompts of the State's Part of the said Prizes,
and of the Sale and Provenue thereof, and the Approbation of the Lord Admiral, to allow out of the Proceed of the said Prizes such Fees and Charges, for the
Adjudication, Collection, and Disposal thereof, as hath
formerly been usual and accustomed in the like Cases;
and the rest of the Proceed of those Ships and Goods
to dispose for the Use and Benefit of the Navy; and
as well the said Commissioners as the Collectors, for
their several Doings in Pursuance of this Ordinance,
shall be saved and kept harmless by both Houses of
Parliament: And finally the said Lords and Commons
do hereby Order and Ordain, That several Patents
shall be drawn for the said Commissioners and Collectors, in His Majesty's Name, according to the Purport
and Meaning of this Ordinance, and sealed and passed
under the Great Seal of England, by the Commissioners lately established by the said Lords and Commons; who are required, and shall be hereby warranted, to seal the same; and in the mean Time as well
the said Commissioners as the Collectors are hereby
authorized to put in Execution this said Ordinance,
according to the true Intent and Tenor thereof."
House adjourned till 9a, Thursday next.