Die Veneris, 31 December, 1641.
Letters to be examined.
SIR Wm. Litton, Mr. Law. Whittacre, Mr. Trelawny, Sir Walt. Erle, Mr. Vassall, Sir Chr. Yelverton, Mr. Waddon, are ordered presently to withdraw,
and peruse the Letters, directed to several People in
Rome, and staid by the Mayor of Plymouth, and sent
up by him to this House.
Loan from Merchant Adventurers.
Mr. White is appointed to prepare an Ordinance to
secure the Thirty thousand Pounds borrowed of the Merchant Adventurers in the mean time, till * * * *.
Bishops Temporal Jurisdiction.
Ordered That Mr. Peard shall go to the Lords, so
soon as they are set, to put them in mind of the Bill sent
up from this House, for the Taking away the Bishops
Sir F. Fortescue, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Ro. Goodwin, and Mr. Cary, do
repair unto the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, and, from
this House, recommend unto him Sir Faithful Fortescue
for some Place of Command, in Consideration, that
he has the Keeping of the Castle of Carrickfergus, for
his Life, by Patent; the which Castle is now agreed, by
this House, among other Places, to be put into the
Hands of the Scotts: They are likewise to desire his
Lordship to send, by these Gentlemen, a List of his
Officers, according as has been formerly desired by this
House: They are farther to desire his Lordship, that
the Protestation may be tendered to such Officers as are
raised here, and sent from hence, according to the Resolutions of both Houses; and, likewise, that the Oaths of
Supremacy and Allegiance may be tendered unto them,
according to the Statutes in that Case provided: And
that the Lord Keeper be desired to award a Commission
to the Lord Lieutenant, to enable him to administer the
Treaty with Scotland.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House holds
it fit to accept of the publick Faith of the Kingdom of
Scotland, for the Performance of the Articles of the
Treaty on their Side.
Heads for an Answer to the First Part of the Scotts
Second Proposition upon their last Paper.
That they may make their Provision in any Part of
That they may agree with the English Shipping for
Transportation of that Provision; and shall have the
same Assistance of the State, for Providing of Shipping
as the English have.
That this House will be Suitors to his Majesty, to have
Liberty to transport the same; and have it Custom-free.
That Money shall be advanced by this House, to
enable them to make the Provision.
That Caution be given, that the Provision for Corn
and Victuals, made by them, shall not be transported for
Relief of the Enemy.
That if they like not of this, that the like Provision
shall be made for them as for the English.
Ordered, That the Commissioners appointed to treat
with the Scots Commissioners, do prepare an Answer to
the First Part of the Second Proposition upon these Heads;
and also an Answer to all other the Propositions.
Powder and Arms.
Sir John Colpeper, Sir Rich. Cave, Sir John Hotham,
Sir John Evelyn, Sir Sam. Rolle, Sir Edw. Partheriche,
Mr. Cary, Mr. Glyn, Sir Walt. Erle, Sir Ralph Hopton.
Sir Tho. Barrington, Mr. Pury;
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to take
Consideration how this Kingdom may be furnished with
Powder and Arms: and report it to the House: And are
to meet at such Times as they shall think fit: And have
Power to send for such Parties as they shall think requisite for this Service.
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House holds
it fit to assent unto the Scotts Third Proposition; and
Resolved, upon the Question, That this House holds
it fit to assent unto the Scotts Fourth Proposition.
that Power shall be given to the General there to raise
Horses for the Services expressed in the Article, at the
publick Charge of that Kingdom, as they shall have
Occasion to use them.
Resolved, upon the Question, that this House holds
shall be recommitted to the Commissioners, upon the
Sense of the Debate now had.
Resolved, &c. That this shall be the Answer to the
First Part of the Sixth Article; "That the Scotts shall be
entertained and paid for Three Months; and they shall
have a Month Pay advanced beforehand; and shall be
afterwards paid as the English Army is paid."
Resolved, &c. That, to the latter Part of the Sixth
Article, this House doth assent unto.
Impeachment of the Bishops.
A Message from the Lords, by Sir [Edward] Leech
and Doctor Bennett;
The Lords have committed the Bishops that were
Yesterday accused by this House, and that they have
given them this Day Sevennight to put in their Answer.
Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Glyn, Mr. White, Mr. Bridgeman,
Mr. Hill, Serjeant Wilde, Mr. Rigby, Mr. Ellis, Mr.
This Committee, or any Three of them, are to meet
at such Times as they shall think fit, to consider of the
Impeachment already made by this House of the Twelve
Bishops; and whether it be needful to add any thing
more to it; and what way will be best for this House to
proceed in, to bring them to a sudden Trial.
Answer from Lords.
Mr. Peard brings Answer, that the Lords will give
Answer to the Bill concerning the Bishops in convenient
Mr. Hotham is appointed to desire a Conference with
the Lords To-morrow, concerning the Impeachment of
Mr. Whittacre reports, that he found nothing in the
Letters appointed to be perused by the Committee
designed for that Service.
A Message from the Lords, by Serjeant Whittfield and
The Lords have agreed to all the Propositions concerning the Irish Business, that were lately brought up by
Sir John Colepeper, and others, at a Conference.
Ordered, That the Committee for the Province of
Munster shall take care to see the Orders performed,
agreed upon by both Houses, concerning that Province
Mr. Hotham reports, that he delivered the Message of
this House to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, concerning Owen Oconnelly, Mr. Jepson, the President of Munster,
and the President of Connaght; and that this House did
expect his Readiness in assenting thereto: But received
Ordered, That Mr. Hotham and Mr. Cromwell do
again repair to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland; and
desire a speedy Answer concerning the said Parties.
Ordered, That the House be resolved into a Committee, to take into Consideration the Militia of the Kingdom,
on Monday next: And Mr. Speaker is to put the House
in mind hereof.
Mr. Hollis, Sir Hen. Milmy, Sir Jo. Holland, Sir Sidn.
Montague, Sir Chr. Wray, Mr. Perepoint, Lord Cramborne,
Mr. Herb. Price, are to wait upon his Majesty from this
House; and to represent unto his Majesty the Grounds
of our Fears; and to desire, that this House may have a
Guard of the Trained Bands of the City of London, under
the Command of the Earl of Essex, To-morrow Morning.
Mr. Hollis is to deliver this Message.
Ordered, That the Committee appointed to prepare
Heads for a Declaration concerning the Obstructions in
the Affairs of Ireland, do bring in the same on Monday
Proceedings of Parliament.
Ordered, That To-morrow Morning, the House do
take into Consideration some such Propositions, as may
settle a Peace and Union in the Kingdom, and facilitate
the Proceedings of Parliament.
Letter from Sir John Temple read, directed to the Lord
Lieutenant of Ireland, dated at Dublyn, 21° Decembris.
Another Letter from Sir Jo. Tichborne, Governor of
Tredagh, dated 19° Decembris, read.
Whereas Sir Charles Valvasor was to raise Five hundred Men, in England, and Five hundred, in Ireland:
And whereas it is ordered, that One thousand Foot shall
be raised here, to be sent into Munster, to be under
Command of the President of Munster: It is this Day
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee for Munster to take into Consideration, that Sir Charles Valvasor
may have Five hundred of those Thousand, intended for
to go under the Command of the President of Munster;
and that the President of Munster may raise the Five
hundred Men in Munster, which Sir Charles Valvasor was
to have done: And to present the same to this House,
and of their Opinions herein.
Mr. Rigby, Sir Arth. Haselrigg, Sir Tho. Barrington,
Sir Walter Erle, Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Bosvile,
Mr. Darly, Sir Rob. Pye, Mr. Whittacre, Sir Gilb.
Gerard, Sir Jo. Franklyn, Mr. Purfrey, and the Citizens
This Committee, or any Four of them, are to make
Inquiry, by what Warrant the Drums for Volunteers do
beat up, and Men are levied; and to inform themselves
what Numbers are levied; and to tender the Oaths of
Allegiance and Supremacy: And to send for Constables,
Officers, and other Persons whatsoever; and for Commissions and Writings: and are to meet when and where
Ordered, That the Proposition now made by Sir Hugh
Chomley, for the Raising of Men after the Rate of Thirty
Shillings a Man, shall be referred to the Consideration of
the Committee for Irish Affairs for the Province of
Persons to attend.
Ordered, That Mr. Speaker shall grant his Warrant
for such Persons to attend this House, as shall be nominated unto him, at the Issuing of the Warrant.
The Lord Lisle informed the House, that he had spoke
with the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland concerning the
Message delivered by Mr. Hotham: And the Reason
wherefore he gave no Answer was, because it was a
Command of the House; and, by the Effects, there should
.. been seen an Observance.
Answer from the King.
Mr. Hollis reports that he obeyed the Commands of
this House: That his Majesty gave this Answer; That
he did desire to give a speedy Answer to any thing that
imports the House of Commons: But said, he could not
remember what was delivered, it consisting of so many
Particulars; and therefore desired to have it in Writing:
And further said, that we were called here to sit by his
Majesty's Writ, and were under his Safety, and should
tender us as his Children.
Execution of the Seven Priests, &c.
Ordered, That Mr. Strode shall go to the Lords with
this Message; To desire them to join with this House to
move his Majesty, that the Execution of the Law may
pass against the Seven Priests; and that the Capuchins
may depart the Kingdom, according to the former desire
of both Houses; and that a Commission may issue forth
for the Giving the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy to
the Servants of the King's, Queen's, and Prince's.
Ordered, That Sir Hen. Mildmy and Mr. Price shall
wait upon his Majesty, and deliver the Message in Writing unto his Majesty concerning a Guard; and acquaint
his Majesty, that though this House hath adjourned itself
till Monday next, yet they have left Power with Mr.
Speaker to receive such Answer, as his Majesty shall
please to send to the said Message.
Ordered, That the Committee for Irish Affairs shall
meet at such Time, and in such Place, as they shall think
fit, and agree upon.
Mr. Hollis, Mr. Pym, Sir Sam. Luke, Mr. Rigby, Mr.
Wheeler, Sir Walt. Earle, Sir. Tho. Barrington, Mr.
Strode, Sir Wm. Litton, Mr. Glyn, Mr. Long, Lord
This Committee is appointed to consider of such Answer as his Majesty shall please to send to the Message
of the House, concerning a Guard; and what is fit to be
done thereupon: And if his Majesty shall not vouchsafe
to send any, to consider what then shall be fit to be
done for the Safety of the King, the Kingdom, and this
House. And it is further Ordered, That Mr. Speaker
shall have Power, by this Order, to receive such Answer
as shall be sent from his Majesty, and to send it to the
Committee: And they have Power to send for Parties,
Witnesses, Papers, and Records: And all, that will come,
are to have Voices at this Committee: And are to meet
To-morrow at Nine of the Clock at Yeildhall in London.
Message to the King for a Guard.
Mr. Hollis presented to the House, in Writing, the
Message, which he delivered, by the Commands of this
House, to his Majesty by Word of Mouth; which was
read in hæc verba, and voted; and
Resolved, upon the Question, to be the Effect of that
Message which he was formerly commanded to deliver
to his Majesty by Word of Mouth.
Most gracious Sovereign,
WE are sent by the Knights, Citizens, and Burgesses,
of the House of Commons, Your faithful and loyal Subjects, who are ready to lay down their Lives and Fortunes, and spend the last drop of their Blood, to maintain
Your Crown and Royal Person in Greatness and Glory;
and do, by us, cast themselves down at Your Royal Feet,
to present unto Your Majesty their humble Desires upon
their great Apprehensions and just Fears of mischievous
Designs and Practices to ruin and destroy them.
There have been several Attempts heretofore to bring
Distraction upon their whole Body at once, and Threats
and Menaces against particular Persons: There is a malignant Party bitterly invenomed against them, daily
gathering Strength and Confidence, and now come to such
Height, as they have given Boldness to some to imbrue
their Hands in the Blood of your Subjects, in the Face
and at the Doors, of the Parliament, and at Your Majesty's
own Gates; and have given out insolent and menacing
Speeches against the Parliament itself. This causeth great
Distractions among the People in general, and much Fear
and Apprehension in the House of Commons, that, they
conceive, they cannot with the Safety of their Persons,
(upon which the Safety and Peace of the whole Kingdom
doth now depend) sit any longer, unarmed and unguarded as they are: They have therefore their Recourse unto
Your Majesty, most humbly beseeching You, that it may
stand with Your good Liking, if they provide for their
own Safety; which the very Law of Nature and Reason
doth allow unto them. It is their humble Desire, that they
may have a Guard out of the City of London, commanded
by the Earl of Essex, Lord Chamberlain of Your Majesty's
Houshold; of whose Fidelity to Your Majesty and the
Commonwealth, they have had long Experience. By
this your Majesty's Grace and Favour, you will remove
their Fears, fill them with Comfort and Assurance, and
enable them to serve Your Majesty, in such a way, as
shall render Your Majesty, and Your Government, happy
and glorious. And to this they do most humbly desire
Your Majesty's gracious and speedy Answer, because
their Safety, and the Safety of the whole Kingdom, depends upon it, and it will not admit of any Delay.