Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 5, 1642-1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Martis, videlicet, 8 die Novembris.
The Lord Grey de Warke, Speaker this Day.
Ordered, That this House shall sit at Three of the Clock this Afternoon.
Message to the H. C. to sit P. M.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons by Sir Rob't Rich and Mr. Page:
To let them know, that this (fn. 1) House hath adjourned to Three a Clock this Afternoon, and desire them to sit likewise.
The Lord Grey of Warke, Speaker.
The Messengers sent in the Morning to the House of Commons return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons will sit this Afternoon, at Three of the Clock, as is desired.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Greene:
Message from thence, for the Lords to concur in the following Order.
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in these Orders following: videlicet,
1. An Ordinance to secure the Navy and the Stores at Chatham. (Here enter it.)
2. An Order to fortify the City of Chichester. (Here enter it.)
3. An Order, That The Prisoners in The Tower eat not together, etc. (Here enter it.)
4. An Order to forbid the Sheriffs of London to publish the King's late Proclamation. (Here enter it.)
5. An Order to pay the Monies which remain unpaid to Goringe, to be paid to Sir Wm Lewis. (Here enter it.)
The Answer returned was:
That this House agrees with the House of Commons in all these Orders now brought.
Order for securing the Navy and Naval Stores.
"The Lords and Commons in Parliament now assembled, taking into Consideration how necessary it will be to provide for the Security of the Navy and Stores at Chatham, in these Times of Danger and Distractions, do Ordain, That the Commissioners of Lords and Commons appointed for the Admiralty shall forthwith give Order for the Removal of the Ships hereunder named, and such others as they shall think fit, to some convenient Place, where they may remain safe, in the River of Medway or Thames, from the Danger of the Shore, and to cause all the Stores in the Storehouses there to be put on board the said Ships, for their better Security; and are further to do all other Things which shall conduce to the perfect Accomplishment of this important Service:
Order for fortifying Chichester.
"The Lords and Commons in this present Parliament assembled, taking Notice of the Weakness of the City of Chichester, and the Willingness of the Inhabitants to fortify the same, in these Times of Danger, do Order and Ordain, and hereby give full Power and Authority to the said Inhabitants, to make any such Fortifications, in or about the City, for the Security thereof, as they in their Discretions shall think fit; and they do further Order, That whereas Seven Pieces of Ordnance, upon their Entreaty, have been delivered unto them, by Sir William Lewis, out of the Castle of Portsmouth, that they may retain them for their Use, during these Times of Danger; and the said Sir Will'm Lewis, for the Delivery of the said Ordnance, shall hereby be saved harmless and indemnified: And it is further Ordered, That the said City of Chichester may have Ten Barrels of Powder out of the Magazine at Portsmouth, for the Use and Defence of the said City."
Prisoners in The Tower not to have any Communication with each other.
"It is this Day Ordered by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, That the Prisoners in The Tower of London be not suffered to eat together; but each of them privately, in their own Lodgings: It is also Ordered, That (fn. 2) they be kept from conversing or walking together; and that they speak not together, nor with any Stranger or Servant of their own who live out of The Tower, without the Lieutenant's Knowledge and Approbation; and that they write not one to another; and that their Servants that remain with them be Ordered to attend their Lords and Masters, and not take the Liberty of The Tower, not to go out nor into The Tower, without the Lieutenant's Knowledge; and that Mr. Justice Mallett's Son may attend his Father, in Place of One of his Servants; and that the Guards of the City that shall come into The Tower shall, during their being there, obey the Commands of the Lieutenant of The Tower."
Sheriffs of London not to publish the King's late Proclamation, and others of the like Nature.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Sheriffs of London be enjoined, not to publish the Proclamation, intituled, His Majesty's Gracious Proclamation to the Cities of London and Westm. nor the other late Proclamation, enjoined by a Writ bearing Test the 29th of October, from Woodstocke, nor any other Proclamations of the like Nature; and that the said Sheriffs shall be hereby saved harmless, for yielding their Obedience to this Order, in not publishing the said Proclamations, or any other of the like Nature."
Order to pay Money to Sir Wm. Lewis, Governor of Portsmouth.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, That One Thousand Pounds of the Monies formerly Ordered to be paid unto Colonel Goreing, out of the Monies collected upon the Bill of Four Hundred Thousand Pounds in the County of South'ton, be transferred and paid over to Sir Will'm Lewis, Governor of Portsmouth; and that an Acquittance under the Hands of the said Sir Will'm Lewis, or his Assignee, together with this Order, shall be a sufficient Discharge unto the Collector, or Collectors, in whose Hands the said Monies are; and for as much as he or they shall pay by virtue of this Order."
Adjourn till 10a cras.