Sabbati, 19 Feb. 1641.
Answer to the King's Message.
MR. Pym carried up to the Lords, the Message in
Answer to the King's Message concerning the
Lord Digbie's Letters.
Ordered, That the Printing of a Letter pretended to
be sent by Mr. Speaker to the King's Majesty, be referred
to the Committee for Printing: And they are to think
of some Way how, by the Example of some notorious
Delinquents in this kind, others may be deterred from
this inordinate and insufferable Licentiousness of Printing: And Thomas, for whom it appears it was printed,
is ordered to be summoned to appear before that
Kirby's, &c. Petition.
The humble Petition of Margaret Kirby and Henry
Derham Esquire, was read: And
It is Ordered, that the Committee for the Fens be revived, as to this Petition; and that this Petition be referred to that Committee: And that they do consider of
the Reasons that the Petitioners are able to give, why the
Actions should be stayed, and the Rents due and to be
due, deposited in some indifferent Hands; and to present
them to the House: They are likewise to consider the
Petition, upon the whole Merits of the Cause: And are to
meet upon it, on Thursday next, in the Exchequer-cham-ber; and to proceed therein with what Speed they can.
Trial of the Bishops.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir Ro. Rich and
The Lords have commanded us to acquaint this
House, that the Twelve Bishops impeached are come;
and that the Lords are ready to enter upon the Matter
of Trial; and do expect, that this House should send
some of their Members to manage the Business against
Answer returned by the same Messengers; That this
House has taken into Consideration their Lordships
Message; and has resolved to send up some Members
presently, to manage that Business.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield
and Serjeant Glanvile;
The Lords have commanded us to acquaint this
House, that upon the humble Petition of the Lord Viscount Mountague to the King's Majesty, that he might
have Liberty to travel beyond Seas, for his Health;
which the King has consented unto; and the Lords do
approve of it: But, in regard there is a Bill depending
here, concerning the Securing the Persons of Recusants;
they thought fit to acquaint this House, what they had
The House being informed, that there were some
Gentlemen of Dorsettshire at the Door, that desired to
prefer a Petition to the House;
They were called in, and did deliver it.
And then the Petition was read.
They were called in again: And Mr. Speaker told
them, "That the House had read the Petition, and considered of the Particulars; some already addressed; the
rest they will endeavour to give them Satisfaction in,
with all speed: And for your Affections to the Publick,
and to this House in particular, they had commanded
him to return them Thanks."
Answer to King's Message.
Mr. Pym brings Answer. That he had delivered the
Answer to the King's Message; and acquainted them,
that they had agreed to send the Transcripts of the Three
Letters to his Majesty: The Lords agree in all; and
have appointed the Earl of Leicester to wait upon his
Majesty with them.
And this House appointed Mr. Waller and the Lord
Ordered, That Sir Anth. Irby and Sir Edw. Aiscough
shall prepare an Order, according to the Act of Poll-money, concerning the Payment of the Billet-money due
to the County of Lincolne.
Ordered, That Mr. Strode and Mr. Morley shall go to
the Lord Marquis Hamilton, and desire him, from this
House, that he forbear to grant any Licence for the
Transporting any Horses, in these Times of Danger.
Ordered, That this House holds it fit, that there
should be a Restraint of transporting any Horses out of
the Kingdom, until his Majesty be moved: And that
the Lords be moved to join with this House to petition
his Majesty for such a Restraint.
Report to be made.
That the Report concerning Mr. Walth. Long be made
on Monday next, at Ten of Clock, peremptorily.
Ld. Castleton's Estate.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act to enable the Trustees
of the Lord Viscount Castleton to sell certain Lands; and,
upon Question, committed unto Sir Anth. Irby, Mr.
Strode, Mr. Peard, Sir Sydney Montague, Sir Tho. Hutchinson, Sir Edw. Hales, Sir Edw. Partheriche, Sir Jo.
Evelyn, Mr. Goodwyn, Sir Symonds D'Ewes, Sir Arth.
Ingram, Mr. Cage, Mr. Rolle, the Knights and Burgesses
of Lincolneshire and Nott:' And they are to meet, on
Friday next, in the Court of Wards: And have Power
to send for Parties, Witnesses, &c.; and to inform themselves of the State of the Business: And
It is farther Ordered, That the Bill for the Restitution
of Mr. Mantle, formerly committed, be referred to this
Resolved, That the Committee for scandalous Ministers be revived; to meet on Tuesday, at Eight of Clock,
in the Court of Wards: And that the Bill concerning
scandalous Ministers be reported on Friday Morning
next, at Ten of Clock: And that this Committee shall
have Power to consider of some Expedient, and to offer
it to the House, how some such Course may be taken,
how those scandalous Ministers, that are here complained
of, may not be preferred to any Livings.
Whitledge's Petition, &c.
The humble Petition of Geo. Whitledge, of Tewksbury,
was read, with the Articles annexed:
And he was called in; and did avow the Truth of the
Petition, and of the Articles; and said, That he had
Witnesses to produce, to prove this Petition: And
It is Ordered, That this Petition, and the Articles, be
referred to the Judge of the Assize that is to sit at Gloucester, to examine the Truth of this Business, and certify
it to this House, from Gloucester: And he is required to
use great Care in the Examination of this Business.
Seizure of Wools.
The humble Petition of John Robinson and others,
Searchers of Gravesend, was this Day read: And
It is Ordered, That the Searcher that seized these
Wools shall be directed to proceed in the Exchequer,
upon the Seizure of these Wools, as upon Goods uncustomed and forfeited: And that the Committee for the
Customers examine the Abuse of the Passing of these
Wools here, in the Port of London; and who were in
the Fault; and to consider of some Course to prevent
the Exportation of English, Irish, or Scottch Wools;
and do examine and prevent the Abuse of the Bills of
Mr. Ward, the Searcher, was called in: And Mr.
Speaker told him, "That the House had read his
Petition; and approve well of his Care herein: And
give him Order to continue his Care herein: and that he
bring in to the Committee the Bill of Store by which
those Wools past."
Ordered, That on Tuesday next, the Bill concerning
Wools and Woolfells be reported.
St. Ives Lecturer.
Ordered, That Mr. Downhall, the Vicar of St. Ives,
and the Curate of the said Town, be injoined by this
House, to admit Mr. Job Tookey, to be Lecturer there,
according to the Desires of divers of the Parishioners.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act concerning Brewers.
vice lecta est Billa, An Act for confirming the
Offices of Package, Scavage, Baillage, and Portage, of
the Merchandize, and of Merchant Strangers, and their
Sons of the first Descent, to the Mayor and Commonalty of the City of London.
The humble Petition of Rodolphe Warcupp Esquire, to
be relieved against the Action of Wotton, that sued him
at the Law for a Distress taken by him when he was
Sheriff, for assessing the Ship-money, (for which Business
the said Wotton likewise preferred, formerly, a Petition
to this House) was read; and nothing done upon it.
York Poll-money, &c.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of the City of Yorke
shall pay unto such Person or Persons as shall be agreed
upon and appointed by the Sheriff and Justices of Peace
for the County of Yorke, and the County of the City of
Yorke, the Sum of Seven thousand Eight hundred and
Fifty Pounds, being part of that Money which is now
remaining at Yorke upon the Poll-bill; to be distributed
to the several Inhabitants of the County of Yorke, and
of the County of the City of Yorke, in Discharge of Part
of the Billet-money due unto the several Inhabitants
aforesaid: For which this shall be a sufficient Discharge
to the said Lord Mayor, and to the Commissioners
appointed by the said Act.
Ordered, That the Lord Mayor of the City of Yorke
shall pay unto Sir William Lambton, Sir Thomas Riddell,
Sir Geo. Van, Knights, and Tho. Davison Esquire,
(intrusted in that Behalf, by the County of Durham) or
to their Assigns, the Sum of One thousand Pounds,
being Part of that Money which is now remaining at
Yorke upon the Poll-bill; to be distributed by them, to
the several Inhabitants of the said County of Durham
respectively interested in Discharge of so much of the
Monies due to them by the Scotts Army, amounting to
the Sum of Twenty-six thousand Six-hundred and Sixtythree Pounds Thirteen Shillings and Ten-pence; and
undertaken for by this House: For which this shall be
a sufficient Discharge to the said Lord Mayor, and the
Commissioners by the said Act.
Payment to Morewood.
Ordered, That the Sum of Four hundred Thirty-two
Pounds shall be paid unto Gilbert Morewood, Merchant,
for Forty Ton of Lead bought of him, out of the Remainder of the Fifty thousand Pounds lent by the City
of London for the Affairs of Ireland, in lieu of the
Bullet formerly ordered by this House to be delivered
unto the Scotts out of the Tower.
Scotch Forces, &c.
Ordered, That the Remainder of the Thirty thousand
Pounds lent by the Merchant Adventurers, shall be employed to these Uses, viz. Two thousand Five hundred
Pounds, for the Baggage Horses allotted to the Scotts; One
thousand Two hundred Pounds, for raising the Guard for
the Scotts General; and the Residue of the said Thirty
thousand Pounds, to be employed, upon Account, towards the Payment of the Scotts Soldiers; and shall be
paid into the Hands of Mr. Fienis, Sir Wm. Armyn, Sir
Philip Stapilton, and Mr. Hampden: And that Acquittances under their Hands shall be a sufficient Discharge.
Arms, &c. for Ireland.
Ordered, That according to the Warrants issued out
by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Sir John Hotham
shall permit so many Arms to be carried out of the
Magazine at Hull to Chester, for the Service of Ireland,
as shall be contained in those Warrants: And that the
Lords be moved to join in this Order.
Impeachment of the Bishops.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to manage
the Evidence against the Bishops impeached, do make
Report of the Matter of Fact on Monday Morning next.
Ordered, That Sir Jo. Evelyn, Sir Jo. Hotham, Mr.
Bence, Mr. Jennour, Mr. Vussall, and Mr. Rolle, shall
view the Ship of Salt-petre that is informed is now come
in; and report to the House what they conceive the
Value of it to be.
Answer from the King.
Sir Edward Alford reports his Majesty's Answer to the
Ordinance of Parliament presented unto his Majesty by
some Members appointed by both Houses, in hæc verba;
HIS Majesty having received a Draught for an Ordinance of Parliament, by the Hands of the Earl of
Stampford, the Lord Gray of Ruthen, Sir Edw. Alford,
Sir Hugh Owen, Sir Roger Burgoine, Knights, and Edw.
Dunch Esquire, for the present gives this Answer:
That, it being a Business of the highest Importance,
not only for the Kingdom in general, but also for his
Majesty's Regal Authority, He thinks it most necessary
to take some Time for Advisement thereupon; and
therefore He cannot promise a positive Answer, until
His Majesty shall return; which He intends to do as
soon as He shall have put His dearest Consort the
Queen, and His dear Daughter the Princess Mary, a
Ship-board, for their Transportation to Holland.
Proceedings against Ld. Digby.
Sir Jo. Evelyn reports from the Committee appointed
concerning the Lord Digbye, First, That, upon the whole
Matter, the Committee do observe this Lord to have made
a strange Progress of inveterate Malice against this House,
and the whole Commonwealth. - At the first, be pretended,
Service to this House, that he might be the better able
to do it a Disservice: That being discovered, he fell into
open and scandalous Actions against this House: 1. In
endeavouring to make us odious for not excusing a Traitor, the Earl of Straford; and now making us Traitors,
to excuse Himself, as by his Letter to Sir Lewis Dives
appears.- He was the Man that was so active in the
House of Peers to make this no free Parliament: Presently after which Motion of his, fell out that high
Breach of Privilege of Parliament, 4 Januarii 1641.-
This Lord, after That, appeareth among the Cavaliers at
Kingston; and assumes unto himself, to give them Thanks
in his Majesty's Name; and promised Satisfaction to as
many as appeared mounted for his Majesty's Service:
After this House had voted Those Enemies to the State
that had a hand in these great Breaches of Privilege; and
he being summoned to attend the House of Peers, fled.
1. Opinion of the Committee That the Lord Digbie hath
endeavoured to persuade the King to levy Forces against
the Subjects of this Kingdom: And for Proof hereof,
Lieutenant Geo. Okes;- who saith, These Cavaliers were
in Two Brigades, and in constant Pay.- Sir Hugh Persons
deposeth, That the Lord Digby, in the Name of the King,
gave these Cavaliers Thanks for appearing in his Majesty's
Service - Serjeant Major Gibbs saith, The Lord Digby
said to these Persons at Kingston, "The King came from
London to save them from being trampled in the Dirt:"
And the like Testimony was given by a Gentleman at
the Bar. - Mr. James doth testify, That these Cavaliers
that did maintain themselves for Three Weeks, should
have large Conditions, and be a Guard to the King for
ever after.- There was seized, by Order of Parliament, a
Waggon of the Lord Digbie's; where in there was Thirty-eight Cases of Pistols, Powder and Bullet, and Great Saddles, &c. which, for a time, followed these-Cavaliers.
2. The Committee is of Opinion, That the Lord Digby
hath laboured to raise a Jealousy between the King and
his People; and to possess his Majesty that he cannot live
safely amongst them. For the Proof of this, Mr. Okes: -
Mr. James: - And then his own Letters out of Holland;
wherein he first scandalizeth the Parliament, calling them
"Traitors that bear the Sway:" By which must be meant
the Parliament; for, next to the King, the Parliament
beareth the greatest Authority. They observe likewise,
out of those Letters, that he hath persuaded the King to
retire to a Place of a Strength, to protect his Servants;
where the Words are, "If the King declare himself,
and betake himself to a Place of Strength where he may
protect his Servants, I shall serve the King as well from
hence as from any Part of England, over and above the
Service I may do him here." - Then his Expression,
"That if the King betake himself to a Way of Accommodation, by His Absence, it will be for the King's
Advantage," &c. By which Letters he doth absolutely
scandalize the Person of the King.
3. The Committee is of Opinion, That the Lord
Digbie was an Adviser to his Majesty, for the Framing
of the Articles against the several Members of both
Houses of Parliament, and of his * * * *
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House hath
sufficient Ground to accuse the Lord Geo. Digby of High
Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer is appointed to go
to his Majesty, with the Answer of both Houses to the
King's Message concerning the Letters written by the
Lord Digby, in the Stead of Mr. Waller, formerly chosen,
and not able to go, by Indisposition of Health.
Ordered, That this Report concerning the Lord Digby,
shall be resumed on Monday Morning next.
Persons stayed at Chester.
Sir Tho. Smyth presented the Desires of the City of
Chester, to have the like Order from this House as was
made by the Lords, concerning such as should be stayed
there upon any Suspicion touching the Affairs of Ireland,
and sent for up to the Parliament: And the House,
Ordered, That such as were now in Custody at West
Chester, upon Suspicion, touching the Affairs of the Kingdom of Ireland, and any others hereafter that shall be
apprehended there, in the like kind, shall be, by the
Mayor and Sheriff of the County of the City of Chester,
delivered over unto the Sheriff of the County Palatine of
Chester; and so from Sheriff to Sheriff, until they shall be
presented unto the Commons assembled in Parliament:
And this shall be a sufficient Warrant in that Behalf.
Ordered, That Mr. Pym shall acquaint the Lord Admiral with the Offer of a Merchantman, that is ready
to set to Sea, and is to pass the Narrow Seas, who will
do his Endeavour to take the Arms and Ammunition
coming from Duynkirke and bound for Ireland, if he
may have them for his Recompence.
Declaration concerning Grievances.
WE Your Majesty's most humble and loyal Subjects
the Lords and Commons, in this present Parliament
assembled, do hereby call God, this Kingdom, and the
whole World to witness, that we have, ever since our
first Meeting in the Parliament, with Fidelity to your
Majesty and the State, with much Patience and Constancy, in respect of the great Affronts and Interruptions,
the pernicious Plots and Attempts wherewith we have
been encountered, distracted, and opposed, employ our
Counsels and Endeavours to maintain God's true Religion, the Honour and Rights of Your Crown, the Peace
and Safety of Your Royal Person and Your Kingdoms,
the just Liberties of Your People; that so we might ease
them of their great Grievances, and prevent the Fears
and Dangers, yea, the imminent Ruin and Destruction
which hath been contrived and fostered, not only in Your
Court, but even very near Your own Person: And however our Liberties have been invaded, many of our Lives
endangered, and such Attempts made upon us, as might
have subverted the very Being of Parliaments; yet we
have so kept ourselves within the Bounds of Modesty
and Duty, and we have given no just Occasion of Your
Majesty's Absence at this Time, nor of any Offence or
Displeasure to the Queen's Majesty; but notwithstanding our manifold Experience past, and present Sense and
Apprehension of those Principles destructive to this
Church and State, with which That Religion Her Majesty professeth doth abound, have ever been careful of
the Honour and Safety due to her Majesty's Person;
and so intend to continue for the Time to come.
And we most humbly beseech Your Majesty with Wisdom and Compassion to behold the miserable perishing
Condition of all Your Kingdoms; the full Accomplishment whereof seems impossible to be avoided, unless
You will be graciously pleased to join seriously and
thoroughly with Your Parliament, in removing the
Causes, and applying the most powerful and sovereign
Remedies of those Evils and Distempers which have
long held this Kingdom in a languishing Estate, and
now brought it even to the last Gasp and Period of
Destruction: For Prevention whereof, according to the
Trust reposed in us, we are bold, in all Humility and
Faithfulness, to present some of those Causes and
Remedies to your Princely View and Consideration.
The Causes of our Misery and Danger we conceive
to be these:
1. The evil Council about Your Majesty and the Queen,
continually acting and disposing all Occurrences of State,
and abusing Your Majesty's Power and Authority to the
Prejudice of Religion, the Hazard of the publick Peace,
the Interruption of the Parliament, the Strengthening a
malignant Party within the Kingdom, the Raising and
Fomenting Jealousies and Discontents betwixt Your
Majesty, Your Parliament, and other loyal Subjects:
2. The Priests, Jesuits, Papists, both Foreign and Native, and other dangerous and ill-affected Persons, have
had so great an Interest in the Affections, and powerful
Influence upon the Counsels, of the Queen; and that Her
Majesty hath been admitted to intermeddle with the Great
Affairs of State; with the Disposing Places and Preferments, even of highest Concernment in the Kingdom;
which being conferred by her Mediation, thereby not
only many of those who are of great Power and Authority,
but divers active Spirits, ambitious of publick Employment, have their Dependence upon Her, and are engaged
to favour and advance those Aims and Designs which are
infused into Her Majesty upon Grounds of Conscience,
which is the strongest Bond either to Good or Evil:
3. The great Encouragement of Popery; the publick
Exercise of that Religion in Whitehall, Somersett-house,
and other Places; the Establishing of a Popish Hierarchy; the Settling a College of Capuchins within the
Realm; the free and frequent Conventions and Consultations of Papists; the Multitude of English Youth, of
both Sexes, bred in the Colleges and Religious Houses
beyond the Seas, and those Popish Schools which, by
the Connivance and Favour of the Time, have been set
up and permitted within this Kingdom:
Declaration concerning Grievances.
4. The Want of a due Reformation of the Church
Government and Liturgy now used; the Want of a
Preaching Ministry, and competent Maintenance for
them, in many Parts of this Kingdom:
5. The over-strict Pressing of divers Ceremonies in
the Liturgy and Rubrick; and the Injoining and Pressing of other Ceremonies not established by Law:
6. The Votes of the Popish Lords in the House of
Peers; whereby the great Work of Reformation in the
Government in the Church and State hath been and may
yet be very much hindered, and the malignant Party of
the Kingdom strengthened and protected:
7. The Countenance and Protection which hath been
offered to many great and dangerous Delinquents; the
Preferments of such as have adhered to them; and the
Displeasure shewed against those who have been used
and employed as Witnesses in the Trial and Prosecution
8. The violent and frequent Breaches of the Privileges of Parliament; the often Attempts against the
Safety, and malicious Design to frustrate the Power and
Proceedings, of Parliament:
9. The Managing and Transacting the great Affairs
of the Realm in private Cabinet Councils, by Men unknown, not trusted by the Wisdom of the Law, nor
well-affected to the publick Good of the Kingdom:
10. The preferring Men to Degrees of Honour, to
Offices, and other Employments of Trust, and Displacing other, in time of Parliament, without the Consent of that great and faithful Council; whereby covetous
and ambitious Spirits are apt to be biassed to those
Courses which lead to their own Preferment; and others,
more ingenuous and upright, are awed and streightened
in the Performance of their Duties:
11. The Selling of Places of Judicature, of Offices of
Trust in Courts of Justice, of the Degrees of Serjeants
at Law; and of the Charge and Custody of the Castles
and Forts of the Kingdom, whereby insufficient, corrupt,
and unworthy Persons are often preferred; who being
obnoxious to Censure and Punishment, are engaged, for
their own Security, to be pliant and serviceable to any
evil Designs; Oppression, Bribery, and Extortion, are
cherished and increased; Your Majesty's Service, the
Safety, Honour, and Government of the Kingdom neglected; and these Places and Employments of Trust,
which, in the Frame and Constitution of the Commonwealth, were intended for the general Good and Service
of the Kingdom, are, for the most Part, by the Study
and Endeavour of those that enjoy them, improved to
the Satisfaction of their own Covetousness, Ambition,
or other private Ends; and made burthensome and
hurtful to the Publick, by obstructing or perverting the
Ways of Justice:
12. The secret and false Informations and Accusations
received against divers Members of the Parliament; whereby they have been much endangered and prejudiced in
the Favour and Apprehension of your Majesty, and the
Queen; and, by concealing the Informers, have been
left without Means to acquit and defend themselves.
The Remedies which we humbly tender to Your
Majesty, are these;
1. That Lords and others of Your Majesty's Privy
Council, and all other Persons employed in great Offices
of State and Government, either at Home or beyond the
Seas, may be put from Your Privy Council, and from
those Offices and Employments, excepting such as have
Offices by Inheritance; and that such Parties shall be
put in those Places and Employments, as shall be recommended to Your Majesty, by Advice of both Houses of
Parliament: And that all Privy Counsellors shall take
an Oath for the due Execution of their Places, in such
Form as shall be agreed upon by Parliament: And that
such of those Counsellors and great Officers as shall be
so displaced, and not recommended as aforesaid, and
whose Names shall be presented by both Houses of
Parliament, shall not have Access to the Persons, or
Courts, of the King or Queen's Majesty.
2. That all Priests, Jesuits, and Papists, as likewise
all other dangerous and ill-affected Persons, though professing the Protestant Religion, may be removed from
the Queen's Person, and from having any Office or Employment under Her: And that all Her Majesty's Servants whatsoever shall take an Oath, to be devised and
enacted by Parliament, that he or she will not, at any
time, directly or indirectly, by him or herself, or any
other, move, petition, or solicit Her Majesty, in any
Matter, concerning the State and Government of the
Kingdom; or concerning any Favour or Immunity, to
be conferred upon any Papist, against the Laws; or for
any Honour, Preferment, or Employment, of any Person
3. That your Majesty will be graciously pleased to remove from about the Royal Persons of your Majesty and
the Queen, and from both Your Courts, Mr. William
Murrey, and Mr. Endemion Porter, both which are of
Your Bed-chamber, Sir John Wintour, Secretary to the
Queen's Majesty, and Mr. Wm. Crofts; being all Persons
of evil Fame, as disaffected to the publick Peace and
Propriety of the Kingdom; and Instruments of Jealousy
Discontent, and Misunderstanding, betwixt Your Majesty and Your Parliament; and busy Promoters of
those Mischiefs and Grievances, which have produced
the great Dangers, Distempers, and Fears, wherewith
all Your Kingdoms have been, and still are, miserably
distracted and perplexed.
4. That Your Majesty will be pleased not to entertain
any Advice or Mediation from the Queen, in Matters of
Religion, or concerning the Government of any of Your
Majesty's Dominions, or for the Placing or Displacing
of any great Officers, Counsellors, Ambassadors, or
Agents, beyond the Sea, or any of Your Majesty's Servants attending Your Royal Person, either in Your
Bed-chamber or Privy Chamber, or attending the Person
of the Prince, or any of the Royal Issue, after they shall
attain to the Age of Five Years.
5. That, for the further Securing the Kingdom in
this behalf, being a Matter of such great Importance
for the Preservation of Religion, and the Safety of the
Kingdom, the Queen will be pleased to take a solemn
Oath in the Presence of both Houses of Parliament, the
Form whereof is to be agreed in Parliament, That She
will not hereafter give any Counsel or use any Mediation to his Majesty, concerning the Disposition of any
Offices or Places above mentioned, or at all intermeddle
in any of the Affairs of State, or Government of the
6. That all the great Officers and Counsellors, and such
other as shall be employed in any of the Places aforementioned, shall take a solomn Oath, in such Manner
and Form as shall be prescribed by Parliament, That
they have not made use of any Power or Mediation
of the Queen, directly or indirectly, for their Preferment
in obtaining any such Place or Employment.
7. That the great Affairs of the Kingdom may not be
concluded or transacted by the Advice of private Men, or
by any unknown or unsworn Counsellors; but that such
Matters as concern the Publick, and are proper for Your
Majesty's Privy Council, shall be debated and concluded
by such of the Nobility and others as shall be recommended to that Place of Parliament: And such other
Matters of State as are proper for the High Court of
Parliament, which is your Majesty's great and supreme
Council, shall be debated, dissolved, and transacted
only in Parliament, and not elsewhere: And such
as shall presume to do any thing to the contrary,
shall be reserved to the Censure and Judgment of
8. That no Person whatsoever, under the Penalty of
High Treason (to be enacted by Parliament) shall presume to make, entertain, solicit, or further, any Proposition or Treaty, for the Marriage of any the King's
Children, with any Prince, or Person, of the Popish
Religion; and that no Marriage for any of the King's
Children may be concluded with any other Prince, or
Person whatsoever, without the Consent and Advice of
both Houses of Parliament.
9. That none of the King's Children, except the Princess Mary, already affianced, may, at any time, go beyond the Seas, without the Consent of both Houses of
Parliament; and that no Person, under the Penalty of
High Treason, to be enacted by Parliament, shall advise,
assist, or attend any of his Majesty's Children, in any
such Voyage beyond the Seas, without the like Consent
of both Houses of Parliament.
10. That such Popish Priests as are already condemned,
may be forthwith executed; and such as shall hereafter be
condemned, may likewise be executed, according to Law.
11. That no Mass, or Popish Service, be sung or said
in the Courts of the King, Queen, Prince, or in the
House of any Subject in this Kingdom, and that none of
Your Majesty's Subjects, or Servants to Your Majesty,
the Queen, or any of Your Children, be present at Mass,
or any other Service of the Church of Rome, in any
Place whatsoever, under the Penalty of losing his Office
and Service, over and above the other Penalty already
injoined by Law.
12. That some more effectual Courses may be enacted, by Authority of Parliament, for the better Execution
of the Laws against the Papists, for preventing of feigned
Conformity, and disabling them from making any Disturbance in the State.
13. That the Votes of Popish Lords in the House of
Peers may be taken away by Act of Parliament.
14. That a due Reformation may be made of the
Church Government and Liturgy, by the Parliament; and
an able preaching Ministry established in all Parts of this
Kingdom: To which Purpose they intend to be assisted
with the Advice of such godly and learned Divines as
shall be agreed upon by both Houses of Parliament.
15. That it may be established by Act of Parliament,
that no Person shall incur any Penalties or Punishments,
for any Omission of the Ceremonies in the Liturgy and
Rubrick, until the intended Reformation be made by Parliament; and that such Ceremonies as are not established
by Law may forthwith be wholly taken away.
16. That such Delinquents as stand charged in Parliaments for any Offences against the Peace and Liberty of
the Kingdom, or Privilege of Parliament, may be left to
the Course of Justice; and such as have or shall fly out
of the Kingdom, upon any such Charge, shall be subject
to such Penalties and Forfeitures as shall be agreed on
and imposed by Bill in both Houses of Parliament.
17. That such Persons as shall be declared in Parliament to adhere to any such Delinquents, and have thereupon received any Preferment from Your Majesty, shall
be removed from those Preferments; and that such as
shall be declared by both Houses of Parliament to have
been employed or used as Witnesses against Delinquents,
and have thereupon fallen into Your Majesty's Displeasure, and been put out of their Places, shall be restored
to their Places, and to Your Majesty's Favour.
18. That every Person, which, being a Member of the
House of Commons in this present Parliament, hath there
been accused for any Offence against that House; and,
That Accusation depending, hath been called up to the
House of Lords, in the Quality of a Peer; shall, by Act
of Parliament, be put out of the House; and that hereafter no Member of the House of Commons, except in
case of Descent, may, without their Consent, be called
up to be a Peer in the Lords House.
19. That no Person which shall hereafter be made a
Peer of this Realm, shall be admitted to have his Seat,
or Vote, in the House of Peers, without the Consent of
both Houses of Parliament.
20. That those Members of the House of Commons
who have this Parliament been called to the House of
Peers, except in case of Descent, may be excluded from
giving their Votes in the House of Peers, unless both
Houses of Parliament shall assent thereunto.
21. That no Member of either House of Parliament
may be preferred, or displaced, sitting the Parliament, to
or from any Office in the Court of the King, Queen, or
Prince, or about any of the King's Children, or publick
Place of Trust in the Commonwealth, or to or from the
Benefit of such Places, without Consent of that House
whereof such Person shall be a Member.
22. That such Person of either House of Parliament
as have been preferred to any such Offices, or Places,
during this Parliament, may be put out of those Offices,
and Places; and that those Members of either House of
Parliament, who, during this Parliament, have been put
out of any such Offices or Places, or the Benefit thereof,
may be restored again to those Places and Offices, and to
the Benefits thereof, upon Petition of that House whereof they are Members.
23. That no Office or Employment concerning the
Justice and Government of the Kingdom, or Your own
Revenue, or Degree of Serjeant at Law, or Custody of
any Fort or Castle, or Places of Trust, be sold or bestowed, for Money, to be paid to Your Majesty's Use, or
the Use or Benefit of any of Your Servants, or any other;
and that it be declared in Parliament to be a Breach of
Trust and Duty, both to Your Majesty and the Commonwealth, in any of those who, under Your Majesty, shall
have the Bestowing of any such Places, to take Money for
the same, either directly or indirectly, by himself or others;
and that the Laws in Force against the Selling of Offices,
be duly observed for the time to come; and the Penalties
thereby incurred not to be discharged by any Non obstante or Dispensation; but that Men be preferred to such
Places for their Ability, Merit, Experience, and other
publick Respects; and the People eased of excessive
Fees, unnecessary Delays; and the Proceedings of Justice
made more easy, certain and indifferent, than of late
they have been.
24. That Your Majesty will be pleased to discover the
Names of those Persons who advised Your Majesty to
issue out Warrants for the Sealing of the Chambers and
Studies of the Lord Kimbolton, or of any Member of the
House of Commons; and to send a Serjeant at Arms to
the House of Commons, to demand some of their Members; to issue out several Warrants, under Your Majesty's
own Hands, to apprehend those Members; Your Majesty coming thither, in Your own Royal Person; the
Setting forth a printed Paper, in the Form of a Proclamation, to apprehend those Members; the Exhibiting of
Articles of Treason, in the Lords House, against these
Members; and who advised and contrived those Articles,
or informed Your Majesty of the Matters therein contained.
25. That Your Majesty will be pleased, according to
Law, not to receive any private Informations, or Suggestions, against any Members of Parliament, for Things
done in Parliament; and that you will be pleased to discover the Names of those Persons who have given, or
shall give, any such private Informations or Suggestions
to Your Majesty, upon the humble Petition of the respective Houses of Parliament, against whose Members
any such private Informations or Suggestions have been
or shall be given; and that You would be pleased to
make a publick Declaration and Promise in Parliament
to that Purpose.
These Things being obtained and confirmed by Your
Majesty's Princely Favour and Goodness, they humbly
conceive, that, through the Blessing of God, it will be an
assured and effectual Means to remove all Jealousies and
Distractions betwixt Your Majesty and Your People, and
to establish Your Royal Throne upon the sure Foundation
of their Love and Confidence; and thereupon Your dutiful and loyal Subjects shall most cheerfully address themselves, with their Lives and Fortunes, to maintain and defend Your Sacred Person, Your Royal Power and Authority, and, in a Parliamentary Way, to support and supply Your Majesty, in so free and large a Manner, as may
make You as great and happy a Prince as any of Your
most renowned Ancestors; and, upon all Occasions, they
shall be ready to use their utmost and most faithful Endeavours, that Your Majesty, Your Royal Queen, and
Princely Issue, may enjoy all Honour, Happiness, and
Contentment, in the midst of an humble, obedient, and
affectionate People; whereby a hopeful Way will be
opened for Your Majesty to become a glorious Instrument of the Peace and Prosperity of this Kingdom, and
of all Your Friends and Allies abroad.