House of Lords Journal Volume 4: 17 July 1641

Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 4, 1629-42. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.

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DIE Sabbati, videlicet, 17 die Julii.


Plusher versus Sir Henry Marten.

Ordered, That the Cause between Plusher and Sir Henry Marten shall be heard on Monday come Sevennight.

Sir John Lucas's Cause.

Ordered, That the Judges do make a Report of the Examinations, which (fn. 1) they are appointed to take in Sir John Lucas's Cause.

Ld. Mayor and Aldermen versus the Commonalty of London.

Ordered, That the Cause now depending in this House, between the Lord Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London, and the Commonalty of the same, shall be heard in this House on Saturday the 24th of this Instant July, except the Business be fairly composed amongst them between this and that Time, which this House doth very much incline to, and hereby direct that all Endeavours may be used on both Parts to that Purpose; but, in the Interim, this House doth Order, That the Six Persons nominated by the Commonalty of London shall have such Liberty to peruse Books and Records as are mentioned by a former Order in this Cause; and what particular Books the said Commonalty do desire to have at the said Hearing, touching and concerning the Matters in Question, they are to acquaint this House therewith, who will give such further Order as shall be just; and that all Witnesses that are to be produced in this Cause are, by this Order, to attend the Hearing accordingly.

Message from the King, concerning the Venetian Ambassador's Priest being apprehended.

Then the Speaker declared, "That he was commanded by the King to let their Lordships know, that he hath understood, by the Venetian Ambassador, That a Priest, a Servant of his, hath been lately apprehended for a Priest.

"1. His Majesty signified, That He will declare to Ambassadors, that no Native Subjects of this Kingdom shall be Priests to any Ambassadors.

"2. His Majesty desires that this Priest be released, and sent out of the Kingdom; and that, if ever he return, he shall be liable to the Laws.

"1. He came over with the Venetian Ambassador.

"2. The Ambassador was ignorant of the Laws of this Kingdom.

"3. He hath been with him Three Years."

Hereupon this House Resolved, To have a Conference with the House of Commons.

A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Dr. Bennett:

Message to the H. C. for a Conference, concerning the King's Message.

To desire a Conference, by the Committee of both Houses appointed to consider of the Ten Heads, touching a Message from His Majesty.

Then the Lord Admiral reported, "That himself, and the rest of the Lords, and the Committee of the House of Commons, have delivered the Message from both Houses to the Queen; and She returns this Answer: videlicet,

Report of the Queen's Answer to the last Message to Her.

"She gives many Thanks to both the Houses of Parliament, for their great Care of Her Health, and for their Affections to Her; hoping that She shall see the Effects of it: That nothing but Her Health could make Her resolve of this Journey; and, if She thought She could serve the King and this Kingdom with Hazard of Her Life, She would do it; and She hopes they do believe that She hath so much Interest in the Good of this Kingdom, that She shall never wish any any Thing to the Prejudice of it; She hopes you will pardon the Imperfections of Her English; She had rather have spoken in another Language, but She thought this would be most acceptable."

The Answer to the Message was:

Answer from the H. C. to the last Message.

That the House of Commons will give a Meeting presently, as is desired.

The Lord Viscount Say and Seale to speak, and report.

Russell's Order about his Ships taken by the French.

Upon Report this Day from the Lords Committees for Depredations, "That Michaell Russell had his Ship taken by the French, as appears by Certificate read before their Lordships this Day;" it is Ordered, That the Lord Duke of Lennox, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, is to repair unto the French Ambassador, and present the Condition of the said Michaell Russell unto the said Ambassador, and desire that some speedy Course may be thought of, for a Reparation of the said Petitioner; which their Lordships thought fit to have presented unto the Consideration of the said Ambassador, on the Behalf of the Petitioner, (fn. 2) rather than any other Course should be taken yet in the said Cause.

Widow Pawlett about her Ship, taken by the Dutch.

Upon Report this Day from the Lords Committees for Depredations, "That the Widow Pawlett had her Ship taken by the Hollanders, as appears by her Petition read before their Lordships;" it is Ordered, That the Earl of Stamford and the Lord Howard de Charlton do repair to The States Ambassador, and present the true Condition of the said Widow Pawlett unto him, and desire that a Reparation may be made unto her; unto which Demand if no satisfactory Answer shall be made, then, upon Report hereof, this House will take it into their further Consideration, and proceed therein according to Justice.

Allen, about his Ship, taken by the French.

Upon Report made from the Lords Committees concerning Depredations, "That John Allen, Mariner, hath had his Ship and Goods taken away from him by the French, to the Value of above Eight Hundred

"Pounds, to the utter Undoing of the Petitioner;" it is hereupon Ordered, That the Lord Admiral do repair to the French Ambassador, as from this House, and present to him the State and Condition of the said Allen, and desire that he will take some Course whereby the said Allen may receive Reparation for his great Loss sustained, and return his Answer to this House herein; otherwise this House will take it further into their Consideration.

Ld. Admiral Leave to be Absent.

Ordered, That the Lord Admiral hath Leave go to The Bath, for his Health.

Fens and Aqueduct Money.

Ordered, That the Ten Thousand Pounds designed out of the Aqueduct Money, for the Draining of Part of The Great Level, in Cambridgeshire, Lincolneshire, etc. shall be employed only in the paying of the present Work, and not to be disbursed in Payments of Salaries and Wages. And the Privy Seal, that directs the employing of the said Ten Thousand Pounds, is to direct the re-paying of it out of the First Money that is to be paid by Subsidies to His Majesty; and this, by Order of the House, is to be added to the former Order.

Auditor Worfeild's Wife Liberty to follow her Cause.

Ordered, That Mrs. Jane Worfeild (Wife of Mr. Auditor Worfeild) shall, by virtue of this Order, have her Liberty to follow her Business, and be freed of and from any Restraint that doth or may impeach the same.

And further, that her Friends and Counsel may and shall have free Access and Admittance unto her; and this is to be obeyed and observed by all those whom it may concern.

Inhabitants of Belton versus Sir John Beaumont.

Then the Petitioners that complained against Sir John Beamont were called in; and the Petition was read, in the Hearing of Sir John Beamont, who denied that he was guilty of any Charge therein.

Then Jo. Kendall was produced, and, upon Oath, confessed that Sir Edmund Williams said, "That Sir John Beamont shall have a Company of Men; and that he might bring Twelve Hundred Men upon them; that he would pay no Subsidies; and that, seeing they had presented him for a Recusant, he would vex them for it."

John Shepheard deposed, "That those Persons that assaulted them with Swords were Sir Jo. Beamonts, Sir Edm. Williams, and the Lady Williams's Servant, and that he that spake the Words (of Heretic Dogs) was one John Radcliffe, a Recusant, at Gracedieu."

Hereupon it was Ordered, That Sir John Beamont be discharged for the present; but, if Occasion serves hereafter, he is to be sent for, (fn. 3) by Order of this House; and that Sir Edmond Williams, John Gardner, John Radcliffe, Jo. Prickett, and Nicholas Woode, be sent for, to appear before this House as Delinquents, to answer the several Charges in the Petition against them.

And lastly, that Richard Lively, Henry Shepheard, and George Cooke, have Notice to attend this House, to give in their Testimony what they know in this Cause.


Dominus Capitalis Justiciarius de Communi Banco, Locum tenens Domini Custodis Magni Sigilli, declaravit præsens Parliamentum continuandum esse usque in diem Lunæ, videlicet, 19m diem instantis Julii, hora 9a Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.


  • 1. Deest in Originali.
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  • 3. Deest in Originali.