Journal of the House of Commons: Volume 3, 1643-1644. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1802.
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Die Lunæ, Decembris 9, 1644,
WHEREAS it is informed, that a Ship belonging unto, and in the Possession of, Colonel Moore, a Member of this House, is taken out of his Possession, and sold, without his Privity or Consent; and neither he, nor any for him, heard in this Cause: It is Ordered, That the Committee of Examinations do examine the Business; and make Report of the whole Matter to this House: And that no Person whatsoever, other than the Servants of Colonel Moore, do meddle with the said Ship, until further Order of this House.
Mr. Solicitor, Mr. Browne, Sir Tho. Widdrington, are appointed Reporters of the Conference desired by the Lords, touching the Letters from Prince Rupert to my Lord General, &c.
Reception of French Agent.
Mr. Wheeler reports from the Committee appointed to consider of the Reception of the French Agent, the Opinion of that Committee, in hæc verba:
I. That the Resident come to his Audience in his own Coaches, accompanied by the Master of the Ceremonies Sir Oliver Fleming.
II. That the Resident be received in the respective Houses.
III. That a Chair, without Arms, be placed for him, somewhat below the middle of the respective Houses.
IV. That, at his Entrance in the respective Houses, the Resident be directed by the Speaker to the Chair appointed for him; on which he is to sit, being covered: But, when he speaks, he is to stand uncovered, during the Time of his speaking.
Read and assented unto.
Ordered, &c. That Sir Oliver Fleminge, Master of the Ceremonies, do acquaint the French Agent with the Day appointed for his Reception; and with the Manner of it.
Negociations with the King.
Sir Thomas Widdrington reports from the Conference, That the Lord Grey acquainted them, that there was a Letter come from Prince Rupert to my Lord General, touching a Safe Conduct for the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Southampton: The which was read: He further acquainted them, That the Lords do agree to the Matter of the Safe Conduct: And, as to the Manner of it, that it may be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
I am commanded by his Majesty to desire of your Lordship a Safe Conduct for the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Southampton, with their Attendants, Coaches and Horses, and other Accommodations for their Journey in their coming to London, during their Stay, and in their Return, when they shall think fit, from the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England at Westminster, to bring to the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England, and the Commissioners of the Parliament of Scotland, now at London, an Answer to the Propositions presented to his Majesty for a safe and well-grounded Peace. Resting
Your Lordship's Servant,
Oxon, 5 December, 1644. Rupert.
For the Earl of Essex, General.
Resolved, &c. That this House doth agree, that a Safe Conduct be granted to the Duke of Richmond and the Earl of Southampton.
Resolved, &c. That, as to the Manner of it, it be referred to the Committee of both Kingdoms.
Ordered, That the Report of the Ordinance touching the Directory for Publick Worship, be made To-morrow Morning.
Message to Lords.
Sir Edw. Hungerford is appointed to acquaint the Lords, that this House does agree to the Matter of the Safe Conduct; and to the Reference of it.