DIE Lunæ, 16 die Septembris.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Painter.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Answer from the H. C.
Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Aylett, sent on Saturday
last with a Message to the House of Commons, return
with this Answer:
That they agree with their Lordships in the Alterations in the Order concerning the Earl of Westm.;
and concerning the Paper of the Archbishop of Canterburie's Counsel, they will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Ordinance concerning Worcestershire.
Ordered, That the Earl of Kent, Earl of Nottingham, and the Lord Bruce, are added to the Committee
for the Ordinance concerning Worcestershire.
Sir Edward Deering's Sequestration taken off.
Ordered, That the Sequestration of Sir Edward
Deering's, Baronet, Estate be taken off, without paying
Ordinance for Mr. Prideaux to be Postmaster.
The Ordinance for appointing Mr. Prideaux to be
Post-master, was Once read. And it is Ordered,
That nothing be done further in this Business, before
the Lord Admiral be heard concerning his Claim to the
Latch and Dawes.
This House heard the Counsel on both Sides concerning the Five Bonds entered into by Mr. Latch to Sir
Thomas Dawes, whether they were in Trust or not:
And it is further Ordered, That the said Counsel on
both Sides shall be heard at this (fn. *) Bar, concerning Sir
Tho. Dawes Petition, mentioned in the Order of the 9th
of September, 1644, this Day Sevennight.
Paper from the King.
A Letter was read, thus directed, sealed with the
King's own Seal, inclosed in a Letter to Sir Wm. Waller,
"To the Lords and Commons of Parliament assembled
at Westm." which being opened, there was Two Papers
inclosed; and presently they were read, as followeth.
(Here enter them.)
Committee to meet with One of the H C. to peruse them.
Ordered, That these Particulars be communicated
to the House of Commons; and to desire that a Committee of both Houses may be appointed to meet, to
consider what is fit to be done upon this Letter of the
King's to both Houses, and to report the same to the
And presently this House nominated these Lords
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Their Lordships, or any Five, to meet To-morrow
Morning, at Nine of the Clock, in the Painted
Chamber; and to have Power to adjourn themselves from Time to Time, as they shall see Cause.
Message to the H. C. about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Heath:
To acquaint them, that this House received a Letter
from the King, directed to both Houses, inclosed in a
Letter from Sir Wm. Waller; upon reading of which,
their Lordships have appointed a Committee of Thirteen
Lords, to consider what is fit to be done upon this Letter
of the King's, and report the same to this House; and
have appointed them to meet To-morrow Morning, at
Nine of the Clock, in the Painted Chamber, with Power
to adjourn themselves as they see Cause; and to desire
that they would nominate a proportionable Number of
their Members, to meet the said Thirteen Lords, at
(fn. †) the Time and Place aforesaid, with the like Powers.
Message from thence, about L. Coventry's and Mr. Palmer's Assessments;
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Sir Rob't Pye Knight, and others;
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Particulars following:
1. An Order concerning the Assessments of the
Twentieth Part of the Lord Coventry, and of Mr. Palmer
now a Prisoner in The Fleete, to be employed and bestowed
in such Manner, (fn. ‡) and for such Uses, as by the Committee
of Lords and Commons shall be directed and appointed.
and with an Ordinance.
2. To desire Concurrence in an Ordinance for commanding the Officers of the Army about this Town to
go to their Charges in the Army. (Here enter it.)
L. Coventry's and Mr. Palmer's Assessments.
Ordered, That this House agrees to the Assessment
of Mr. Palmer; and concerning the Lord Coventry, this
House doth assess him at Fifteen Hundred Pounds for
his Twentieth and Fifth Part, and do assign it for the
Use of the Western Parts, as is desired.
The Answer returned was:
Answer to the H. C.
That this House agrees to all the Particulars now
brought up, excepting to that concerning the Lord
Coventry; concerning whom, this House will send an
Answer by Messengers of their own.
Answer from the H. C.
The Messengers sent to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
That the House of Commons have nominated a Committee of a proportionable Number, to meet To-morrow Morning, as is desired.
Letter from the King to both Houses, to accommodate Differences.
"It having pleased God in so eminent a Manner
lately to bless Our Armies in these Parts with Success,
We do not so much joy in that Blessing for any other
Consideration, as for the Hopes We have that it may
be a Means to make others lay to Heart, as We do,
the Miseries brought and continued upon Our Kingdom by this unnatural War; and that it may open
your Ears, and dispose your Minds, to embrace those
Offers of Peace and Reconciliation, which have been
so often and so earnestly made unto you by Us, and
from the constant and servent Endeavours of which
We are resolved never to desist; in Pursuance whereof,
We do upon this Occasion conjure you to take into
Consideration Our (too long neglected) Message of the
Fourth of July, from Evesham, which We again
renew unto you; and that you will speedily send Us
such an Answer thereunto, as may shew unto Our
poor Subjects some Light of a Deliverance from their
present Calamities, by a happy Accommodation; towards which, We do here engage the Word of a King
to make good all those Things which We have therein
promised, and really to endeavour a happy Conclusion
of this Treaty. And so God direct you in the Ways
"Given at Our Court at Tavestock, the 8th of
"By His Majesty's Command,
Letter from the King to both Houses, to appoint Persons to treat with Him about a Peace.
"We, being deeply sensible of the Miseries and
Calamities of this Our Kingdom, and of the grievous
Sufferings of Our poor Subjects, do most earnestly
desire that some Expedient may be found out, which,
by the Blessing of God, may prevent the further
Effusion of Blood, and restore the Nation to Peace;
from the earnest and constant endeavouring of which,
as no Discouragement given Us on the contrary Part
shall make Us cease, so no Success on Ours shall ever
divert Us; for the effecting whereof, We are most
ready and willing to condescend to all that shall be
for the Good of Us and Our People, whether by Way
of Confirmation of what We have already granted,
or of such further Concessions as shall be requisite to
the giving of a full Assurance of the Performance
of all Our most real Professions, concerning the Maintenance of the true Reformed Protestant Religion
established in this Kingdom, with due Regard to the
Ease of tender Consciences, the just Privileges of
Parliament, and the Liberty and Property of the
Subject, according to the Laws of the Land; as also
by granting a General Pardon without or with Exceptions, as shall be thought fit; in order to which
blessed Peace, We do desire and propound to the
Lords and Commons of Parliament assembled at Westm.
that they appoint such and so many Persons as they
shall think fit, sufficiently authorized by them, to
attend Us at Our Army, upon safe Conduct to come
and return (which We do hereby grant), to treat and
conclude with Us, how the Premises and all other
Things in Question betwixt Us and them may be fully
settled; whereby all unhappy Mistakings betwixt Us
and Our People being removed, there may be a
present Cessation of Arms, and, as soon as may be, a
total Disbanding of all Armies, the Subject have his
Due, and We be restored to Our Rights; wherein,
if this Our Offer shall be accepted, there shall be
nothing wanting on Our Part, which may make Our
People secure and happy.
"Given at Our Court at Evesham, the 4th of
"By His Majesty's Command,
Officers who leave their Colours without Leave, to be subject to Martial Law.
"Resolved, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That One of the Articles for the
Commissioners of Martial Law shall be, to have
Power, and are hereby authorized, to proceed against
such Officers and Soldiers as have departed, or shall
depart, from their Colours, without Leave, according to my Lord General's Articles: And further Ordered, That the Committee for the Militia have
Notice of this Order, who are hereby enjoined to
give Directions to the several Courts of Guards, to
apprehend such of the said Officers and Soldiers, as
they come to the Courts of Guards; and this Order
to be printed and published."
Soldiers in London, who do not repair to their Colours, to be subject to Martial Law.
"Ordered and Declared, by the Lords and Commons, That all Officers and Soldiers that are in and
about the Cities of London and Westm. and are under
or have Command abroad, and do not depart the
same by Friday next, and go to their several Colours
and Charges, shall be proceeded against by the
Commissioners for Martial Law, according to my
Lord General's Articles, who have Power hereby to
proceed against them accordingly (excepting against
such as are to attend by Order of Parliament).
"The Committee of the Militia is hereby Ordered to
publish this Order forthwith, upon Beat of Drum."
House adjourned till 9a, Wednesday next.