DIE Veneris, 24 die Maii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Whittaker.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Isle of Wight Petition.
Upon reading a Petition directed to the Earl of Pembrooke & Mountgomery from many of the Inhabitants
of the Isle of Wight: Hereupon it is Ordered, That
this Petition be communicated to the House of Commons
To-morrow, at a Conference.
Earl of Stamford's Complaint against Mr. Nicholls.
Upon reading the Petition of Henry Earl of Stamford; desiring, "That a Committee of both Houses may
be appointed, to examine some Witnesses of his, concerning his Complaint against Mr. Nicholls:"
Hereupon this (fn. *) House appointed these Lords following to consider Precedents, and what Course is fit to
be taken in this Business:
Their Lordships, or any Three, to meet when they
The House called.
The House was this Day called; and these Lords were
Ds. Craven, extra Regnum.
Ds. Robertes, excused, being in the Army.
Ds. Stanhope, extra Regnum.
Ds. North, excused for his Absence now; but to be sent to again, to attend this House.
Ds. Vaux, extra Regnum.
Viscount Stafford, extra Regnum.
Viscount Mountague, extra Regnum.
Comes St. Albans.
Comes Mulgrave, excused, having sent his Proxy.
Comes Manchester, excused, being in Command in the Army.
Comes Holland, excused.
Comes Denbigh, excused, being in Command.
Comes Warwicke, Lord Admiral, excused.
Comes Essex, Lord General, excused.
Comes Arundell, extra Regnum.
Comes Lyndsey, Mag. Cam. Angliæ.
Committee to consider of the Earl of Thanet's Absence.
Ordered, That these Lords following are appointed
to consider what the Earl of Thannett can say for his
being (fn. *) absent from this House, and to report the same
to this House:
Any Three, to meet when they please.
Propositions for a Peace.
The House was adjourned into a Committee during
Pleasure, to take the Propositions for a safe and a wellgrounded Peace into Consideration.
And the House being resumed;
* * * "Whether there shall be an Act prepared according to the Seventeenth
And it was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Protest concerning them.
These Lords following, before the putting of this
Question, desired Leave to enter their Dissents to this
Question; and it was granted accordingly:
Message from the H. C. for directing the Proceedings of both Kingdoms.
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 for directing the Proceedings of the Committee of
both Houses appointed to join with the Committees and
Commissioners of Scotland.
The said Ordinance was read Once.
The Answer returned was:
This House will return an Answer to this Message by
Messengers of their own.
Petition of the Inhabitants of the Isle of Wight to the Earl of Pembroke, with Propositions for their Safety.
Newport, May 20th, 1644.
The Miseries and Calamities that still threaten this
our little Country (occasioned chiefly, as we conceive),
by those Strangers that are gotten in amongst us, and
here busy themselves with the Affairs and Government of this Isle, inforceth us again to be thus
troublesome to your Lordship, as to become humble
Suitors, that, according to your wonted Respects and
Care over us, your Lordship would be pleased, for
the more certain Continuance and Preservation of that
Peace we have, by God's Blessing, and your Honour's Care, hitherto enjoyed in these most miserable
and distracted Times, which undoubtedly will amount
to a great Mischief amongst us, unless some speedy
Course be taken for Prevention thereof: Now, to
that Purpose, we here make bold to present to your
Lordship these few ensuing Propositions; the which
being weighed, and such Order therein settled as
in your Lordship's grave Wisdom you shall think fit,
we conceive (under Favour) will be the only Means
for the Continuance of the same Peace and Quietness
1. First, That our Petition, lately sent to your Lordship and the Honourable Committee for the Safety
of both Kingdoms, may (with as much Conveniency
as possible) be taken into Consideration.
2. That some of our own honest Country Gentlemen may be enabled to collect such Monies as are to
be raised here by virtue of any Ordinance of Parliament (who would willingly undergo the same at
their own Charge); and that Strangers may not intermeddle therein, or bear any Kind of Office here,
in regard the same breeds much Discontent amongst
the Inhabitants of this Isle.
3. That the Companies now raised for the Defence of this Isle may be reduced to Three Companies at the most; and that such Captains and Officers
as have already Command may be continued, as by
the Approbation of the well-affected Gentry and
Freeholders here shall be thought fitting; which will
give much Content to this Country.
4. That some speedy Order may be taken, that
the Monies here raised, or to be raised, by virtue of
the Ordinance for Excise, be employed towards the
Maintenance of the Garrison here, according to the
former Order in that Behalf made; for without those
Monies this Country is no Ways able to maintain
scarce any Garrison at all; and the Commissioners for
Excise refuse to pay any of the same Monies towards
the Maintenance of the said Garrison here, alledging
they have given Bond to pay the same to the Commissioners for Excise in London.
5. That forasmuch as Information is given, that
all Shipping under the Protection of this State, now
in Spaine, France, and other Kingdoms beyond the
Seas, are there stayed, and that a great Fleet and
much Preparation for War, as well in Spaine as in
other Foreign Places, are at present in Readiness for
an Invasion, and, by all Probabilities and Likelihood,
bound for some of these Southern Parts; some Shipping may not only forthwith be sent down to ride
hereabouts, but that also Colonel Carne be hastened
hither with all Speed that possible may be, for that
we have not an experienced Soldier here amongst us
to command in Chief; and if, in his Absence, it
should so happen (which God in His Mercy defend)
that a Foreign Enemy should fall upon us, we were
in the most miserablest Condition of any Place in the
Kingdom, and the whole Island in very great Danger
6. That a speedy Supply of Two Hundred Barrels
of Powder at the least, and Swords, with the like
Proportion of all other Provisions for War, be sent
unto us; for that, if Occasion should be, we have no
considerable Proportion to maintain a Fight, nor any
Swords at all in our Stores.
7. That, if it might stand with your Lordship's Convenience that you would be pleased to honour us
with your Presence, though it were but for One
Week, for the better establishing of Peace and Quietness amongst us, we the Inhabitants of this poor little
Isle shall not only be bound to pray for the Continuance of your Lordship's Honour, but, according to
our Protestations, Vows, and Covenants, most chearfully endeavour to maintain the Cause now in Hand,
against all Opposers thereof, as we have ever hitherto
been and still are ready, with our Lives and Fortunes, so to do; all which we offer and leave to
Lordship's Wisdom and grave Consideration, resting
Most humble and faithful Servants.
Lords Protest, concerning the Propositions for a Peace.
After the Debate upon the Propositions prepared
by the Committee of both Kingdoms for a safe and
well-grounded Peace, to be presented to both Houses
of Parliament of England, and to the Convention of
Estates in Scotland, or their Committees, to be by them
reviewed and considered, and then by the mutual Advice and Consent of both Kingdoms to be perfected:
Upon the 17th Proposition; videlicet,
An Act for the settling of all Forces by Sea and
Land in Commissioners, to be nominated by both
Houses of Parliament; of Persons of known Integrity,
and such as both Kingdoms may conside in, for their
Faithfulness to Religion and Peace of the Kingdoms,
of the House of Peers,
of the House of Commons; who shall be removed or
altered from Time to Time, as both Houses shall think
fit; and when any shall die, others to be nominated
in their Places by the said Houses; which Commissioners shall have Power,
1. To suppress any Forces raised without Authority of both Houses of Parliament, or, in
the Intervals of Parliament, without Consent
of the said Commissioners; and to suppress
any Foreign Forces that shall invade this
Kingdom; and that it shall be High Treason
in any who shall levy any Force without such
Authority or Consent, any Commission under
the Great Seal, or other Warrant to the contrary, notwithstanding; and they to be uncapable of any Pardon from His Majesty, and
their Estates to be disposed of as both Houses
of Parliament shall think fit.
2. To preserve the Peace now to be settled,
and to prevent all Disturbances that may
arise by Occasion of the late Troubles; and
to enquire by Jury, and to hear and determine,
all Violation of the Articles among the Subjects of the Kingdom of (fn. *)
So for the Kingdom of Scotland.
3. To have Power to send Part of themselves,
so as they exceed not a Third Part, or be not
under the Number of, to reside in
the Kingdom of Scotland, to assist and vote as
single Persons, with the Commissioners of Scotland, in those Matters wherein the Kingdom
of Scotland is only concerned.
So for the Kingdom of Scotland.
4. That the Commissioners of both Kingdoms
may meet as a joint Committee, as they shall
see Cause, or send Part of themselves as
aforesaid, to do as followeth:
1. To preserve the Peace betwixt the
Kingdoms and the King, and every One
2. To prevent the Violation of the Articles
of Peace as aforesaid, or any Troubles
arising in the Kingdoms; and to hear and
determine all Differences that may occasion the same, according to the Treaty;
and to do further according as they shall
respectively receive Instructions from both
Houses of Parliament in England, or the
Estates of Parliament in Scotl. and, in
the Intervals of Parliament, from the
3. To raise and join the Forces of both
Kingdoms, to resist all Foreign Invasion,
and to suppress any Forces raised within
any of the Kingdoms, by any Authority
under the Great Seal, or other Warrant
whatsoever, without Consent of both
Houses of Parliament in Engl. and the
Estates of the Parliament in Scotl. or
the Commissioners of that Kingdom whereof they are Subjects; and that, in those
Cases of joint Concernment to both Kingdoms, the Commissioners to be directed
to be there all, or such Part as aforesaid,
to act and direct as joint Commissioners
of both Kingdoms.
4. To order the War of Irel. according to
the Ordinance of the Eleventh of April;
and to order the Militia, and conserve
the Peace, of the Kingdom of Ireland."
The House being resumed, to put it to the Question,
Whether there should be an Act prepared, according
to the said Seventeenth Article; we whose Names are
under written did dissent; and having, before the
putting of the Question, demanded our Right of Protestation, did accordingly make our Protestation; and
we do hereby protest our Dissents to that Vote, and
do thus enter it as aforesaid:
Message to the H. C. with the Ordinance to regulate Sequestrations.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that this House agrees with them
in the Ordinance for regulating the Ordinance for Sequestrations, with the Amendments and Additions; and
to desire their Concurrence therein.