Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 10, 1648-1649. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Jovis, 24 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Ash.
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Judges, Leave to be absent.
Ordered, That Mr. Baron Trevor, Mr. Justice Pheasant, Mr. Justice Roll, being going Circuit on Monday next, shall be dispensed with for their Attendance on this House, to prepare themselves for their Journey; and they have Leave to be absent, after the Circuit, till next Term.
Judges for the Circuit.
Ordered, That this House agrees for Mr. Justice Roll to go to the Middleland Circuit alone, as it came from the House of Commons. (Here enter it.)
Report from the Admiralty Committee, about Margate:
A Report was read from the Committee of the Admiralty, concerning the Town of Margrett.
And this House thinks it fit that it be speedily taken into Consideration, and to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence therein.
Message to the H. C. with it and the One about the North Sea, &c. Fishery;-for Horses to the French King;-and about the Pardon for the Prisoners at Norwich.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
1. To deliver to them the Report concerning Margett, with a Desire it may be taken into speedy Consideration.
2. To deliver to them the Report concerning sending Two Ships to Island.
3. To desire their Concurrence for a Pass, for Twenty Horses to be transported for the Service of the French King.
4. To desire their Concurrence in the Pardon for the Prisoners at Norwich.
Papers about the D. of York intending to escape:
The Earl of Warwicke reported some Papers from the Committee at Derby House, concerning the Duke of Yorke; which were read.
Then the Duke of Yorke's Letter was read, being his Engagement.
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Committees to go to him.
Ordered, That a Committee be sent to the Duke of Yorke, to take his Engagement, as is mentioned in his Letter.
Ordered, That these Committees following are appointed to consider what is fit to be done upon this Report, and report the same to this House:
Their Lordships to meet presently.
The House was adjourned during Pleasure.
The (fn. 1) House being resumed;
Votes concerning it.
The Earl of Warwicke reported the Votes which the said Committee had drawn up concerning the Duke of Yorke's Business: Which was offered to the Consideration of the House; and, being read, were approved of, and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.
E. of Northumberland desires he may not be accountable for him.
"Die Lunæ, 21 Februarii, 1647.
"At a Committee of Lords and Commons, at Derby House.
"Ordered, That the Paper here presented, containing what is yet known concerning the Endeavours for the Duke of Yorke's Escape, be reported to both Houses; and that it is the Desire of the Earl of Northumberland, That he may not be further accountable for him, for that it appears there is a Design of taking him away, and that the Duke was consenting to it.
"That the Letter of the Duke of Yorke be also reported to both Houses."
Letter from the Duke of York to the King.
"The Original of the Duke's Letter to the King, with Cyphers.
"I received Yours of the 1 Feb. by Mr. Fox, who is a very honest Man, and will do his Endeavour to the utmost of his Power, 214. 198. 24. 45. 39. me 92. 16. 10.; but now it is no Time for that, which I will do as soon as I can, who am
"Your affectionate Friend,
"The former Letter, decyphered.
"I received Yours of the First February by Mr. Fox, who is a very honest Man, and will do his Endeavour, to the utmost of his Power, in conveying me away; but now it is no Time for that, which I will do as soon as I can, who am
"Your affectionate Friend,
Letter from him, to the Speaker, that he will make no more Attempts to escape.
"The Duke of Yorke's Letter.
"To the Earl of Manchester, Speaker to the House of Lords.
"I understand that there was a Letter of mine intercepted, going to the King; which, I confess, was a Fault: And therefore I desire you to let the House know, that I will engage my Honour and Faith, never to engage myself any more in such Businesses. My Request is, That I may continue where I now am; in doing which, you will much oblige me, who am
"Your affectionate Friend,
St. James, Feb. 22, 1648.
Further Examination about it.
"A Cypher sent in a Letter from the King to the Duke of Yorke, some Time after his being at Caversham; but the Messenger he remembers not.
"This Cypher the Duke burnt about Ten Days since. The King wrote to the Duke, by Oudart, he should commit One Kind of Treason as often as he could; (videlicet) by writing frequently unto him: And that was the true Cause the Duke wrote to his Father.
"The First Letter from the King to the Duke was sent by Oudart, the Second Letter by Boswell, to get away, if it were not hard or dangerous. The Duke received this Letter by Boswell, before Oudart delivered him the Letter above.
"Boswell came up a Back Stairs out of the Garden near unto the Duke's Chamber, and waited there till the Duke, passing by that Way, put the Door from him, and found somebody was behind it. He asked, "Who was there?" "And the Party answered, "Fox." And then told the Duke, "He had provided Money for his going away." And then the said Boswell delivered him a Letter; and within few Days after, the Duke gave him an Answer to it in the same Place; which was this now intercepted.
"Nobody was with Fox, or with the Duke, at these Meetings.
Knapman's Ordinance to be Minister of Bridstow.
An Ordinance was presented to the House, for making William Knapman Clerk, to be Minister of Bridestow, in the County of Devon; which was read, and passed, and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence.
Sir C. Coote to be V. Admiral of Ulster.
A Report was made from the Committee of the Admiralty, for making Sir Charles Coote Vice-Admiral of Ulster, in Ireland, now void by the Death of Sir Wm. Stewart: Which this House approved of, and ordered to be sent to the House of Commons for their Concurrence; and that it may be speedily done, else there will (fn. 2) be much Loss to the State.
E. of Northumberland to remove the King's Children to Hampton Court:
The E. of Northumb. moved, "That since their Lordships have approved of this Engagement of the Duke of Yorke's, that their Lordships would please to think what House of the King's shall be appointed for his Residence this Summer-time."
And this House thought it fit that Hampton Court be kept free for the King's Children; and that the Earl of Northumb. shall have Liberty to remove them thither when he shall think fit; and that the Concurrence of the House of Commons be desired herein.
Message to the H. C. about it.
This was sent down, with the Votes, to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page.
L. Cromwel's Petition.
Upon reading the Petition of the Lord Crumwell:
It is Ordered, To be taken into Consideration when his Ordinance for taking off his Sequestration is.
Lady Wyld's Cause:
Ordered, That the Cause concerning the Lady Wylde shall be heard the Second Tuesday the next Term.
Judges to go the Circuit.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That Justice Bacon and Serjeant Cresheld shall go Judges for this Circuit, (videlicet) for the Counties of Kent, Surrey, Sussex, &c.; and that Baron Trevor and Justice Pheasant shall go Judges for this Circuit, (videlicet) for the Counties of Norff. Suff. Cambridge, &c.; and that Justice Rolle shall go Judge for this Circuit, for the Counties of North'ton, Warr. Leic. &c.; and that Baron Atkins and Serjeant Turner shall go Judges for this Circuit, (videlicet) for Berks, Oxon, Gloucester, &c.; and that Serjeant Germine and Serjeant Greene shall go Judges for the Northern Circuit; and that Justice Godbold and Serjeant Wilde shall go Judges for the Western Circuit."
Folkingham to be instituted to St. Mary in Nottingham;
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett give Institution and Induction unto Nicholas Folkingham Clerk, Master of Arts, to the Vicarage of St. Mary, with the Chapel of Suenton thereunto annexed, in the Town of Nottingham, void by Death of the last Incumbent; salvo Jure cujuscunque: Granted by the Great Seal.
Gardner to Tackley;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and Induction unto Phillip Gardner Clerk, Master of Arts, to the Rectory of Tackley, in Com. Oxon, void by Death of Jo. Standard the last Incumbent; salvo, &c.: Jo. Harborne Patron.
Markendell to Bellingham;
Ordered, That Dr. Aylett give Institution and Induction unto Tobias Markendell Clerk, to the Vicarage of Bellingham, in Com. Durham, void by the Resignation of the last Incumbent; salvo, &c.: Granted by the Great Seal.
and Wood to Willingay.
Ordered, That Doctor Aylett give Institution and Induction unto William Wood Clerk, to the Vicarage of Willingay, in the County of Lincolne, void by the Death of the last Incumbent; salvo Jure, &c.: The said Mr. Wood taking the National League and Covenant, and producing his Presentation thereunto under the Great Seal of England.