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 Lunæ, videlicet, 18 die Julii.
The Lord Kymbolton was appointed to be Speaker this Day.
A Letter from the Earl of Warwicke was read, dated the 17th July, 1642, directed to the Speaker of this House. (Here enter it.)
Next, a Copy of a Letter was read, which he sent to the King, 5 July, 1642.
Next, the Answer to the Earl of Warwicke was read, written by Mr. Secretary Nicholas, from the King, 13 July, 1642.
Mr. Waters's Letter to Mr. Slyngsby.
Earl of Warwick's Letter to the Speaker, complaining that he is proclaimed Traitor for obeying the Parliament, and desiring a Supply of Victuals for the Fleet.
My very good Lord,
I wrote to His Majesty, upon His sending me my Discharge from the Command of the Fleet (a Copy of which Letter I send your Lordship here inclosed), and sent it in a Letter to Mr. Secretary Nicholas, to desire him to deliver it. I send your Lordship likewise his Answer, wherein your Lordship may see, that obeying the Parliament is counted High Treason; a Doctrine I never heard of till this Parliament. I hope your Lordship will have a Care that we be supplied with Victuals and Necessaries for the Fleet; and I make no Doubt we shall do our Parts, to make His Majesty and all the World see we desire nothing more than His Protection, and His Parliament and Kingdom's; for which End we were set out to Sea, and to which End all our Aims and Actions shall tend, to the last Drop of our Bloods.
Our Victuals spend apace, and the Merchants Ships were entertained for Six or Eight Months, but were to have Warning at Five, if for Eight Months; this Month that Warning must be, that they may provide themselves for it: Therefore I desire to know the Parliament's Pleasure in it speedily, and that (fn. 1) they would take Order with Mr. Greene, the Chairman for that Business, to give them Warning from the House of Commons, and to provide speedily Victuals for us, and Money, which we hear not of yet.
I send your Lordship here inclosed a Letter, which I intercepted going to Captain Slyngsbie from his Lieutenant Waters; your Lordship may see what Advices they give one to another.
I shall send Captain Slynsgby and Captain Wake up to the Parliament, as soon as I get Opportunity by Sea; since by Land the Sheriffs hath refused to assist Mr. Maxwell's Deputy, according to your Order.
I send with these, to Mr. Pym, Letters that I received this Morning from our Captains in the North, but have no Time to send a Duplicate to your Lordship; but have desired him to communicate them with your Lordship, and that speedy Supply of small Barks be sent for Humber, and Order from the House of Commons for the re-victualing of our Fleet. I humbly beseech your Lordship to communicate my Letters to them, as I am sure they will with you; and be pleased to take us into your Care, that are made Traitors for obeying your Commands. And so, praying to God to bless your Counsels, I rest
From abroad The James, in The Downes, this 17th July, 1642.
"Your Lordship's to be commanded,
Persons attached at Lincoln, by Warrant from the King, for exercising the Militia there.
The Lord Willoughby of Parham informed this House of a Warrant sent from the King, to attach Two Persons at Lyncolne, that had exercised the Militia there, and that they were carried to Beverley. The said Warrant was read. (Here enter it.)
Ordered, To be communicated to the House of Commons.
Message to the H. C. for a Conference about it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by the Master of the Rolls and Dr. Heath:
To deliver to the House of Commons the Letters received from the Earl of Warwicke; and to desire a Conference, touching a Warrant of His Majesty's, sent into Lyncolneshire.
The King's Warrant.
Whereas We are credibly informed, that Wm. Watson, Alderman of Our City of Lyncolne, and Ames, one of Our Sheriffs of Our said City, have, by the Colour of a Warrant and Direction from the Lord Willoughby of Parham, (fn. 2) or otherwise, put in Execution the pretended Ordinance of Parliament concerning the Militia, contrary to Our express Command, declared by Our late Proclamation; We do therefore hereby expressly charge you to make your immediate Repair to the Place of Abode, or to any other Place where you shall understand of the present being of the said Watson and Ames, whom you are to apprehend, and bring in safe Custody before Us, or Our Privy Council, to answer their Disturbance of Our said Command; willing and commanding all Our Sheriffs, Mayors, Bailiffs, Constables, Headboroughs, and all other Our Officers and loving Subjects whom it may concern, to aid and assist you in the due Execution of this Our Warrant, as they tender the Peace of Our Kingdom, and will answer the contrary at their Perils; and for so doing, this shall be to them and you a sufficient Warrant.
"Given at Our Court at Beverly, 9th July, 1642."
Message from the H. C. for a Conference, about the Safety of the Kingdom.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Grey de Groby:
To desire a present Conference, if it may stand with their Lordships Conveniency, touching the Safety of the Kingdom.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will give a present Conference, as is desired, in the Painted Chamber.
The Messengers return with this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons will give a present Conference, as is desired.
House adjourned during Pleasure, and the Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the House was resumed.
Lord Mayor to be brought To-morrow.
Ordered, That a Warrant be sent to the Lieutenant of The Tower, to bring the Lord Mayor of London to appear before the Lords in Parliament, To-morrow Morning, at Nine a Clock.
The Lord Kymbolton reported this Conference:
Conference about the Safety of the Kingdom reported.
1. Two Letters concerning Hull; and upon One of those Letters the House of Commons have made some Votes, to which they desire their Lordships Concurrence. (Here enter the Votes.)
Treasurers to pay 10,000l. to the Garrison at Hull.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That the Treasurers of Money and Plate brought into the Guildhall, for the raising of Horse, Men, and Arms, for the Defence of the King, Parliament, and Kingdom, shall issue out Ten Thousand Pounds to the Committee of Lords and Commons for the Defence of the Kingdom, upon Accompt, for the Payment of the Garrison and Provision of Hull."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of Commons in this Order.
Captains Mowyer and Pigott to be rewarded.
"2. That the Committee of the Lords and Commons for the Defence of the Kingdom shall be authorized, from both Houses, to take Notice of the good Service of Captain Mowyer and Captain Piggott, and return them Thanks, and assure them that their Service shall be acknowledged with some Reward."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of Commons in this Vote, and Orders the same accordingly.
Some Ordnance to be sent back to Hull.
3. Resolved, &c.
"That Six Pieces of the Ordnance that were lately sent from Hull shall be sent back to Hull; and the Committee for the Defence of the Kingdom is appointed to take Care hereof."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of Commons in this Resolution, and Orders the same accordingly.
Captain Horner to be released.
4. Resolved, &c.
"That Captain Horner shall be forthwith released." Agreed to, and Ordered accordingly.
Lord Brooke to take Forces, to defend the Warwick Magazine.
5. Resolved, &c.
"That the Lord Brooke shall have Authority, from both Houses, to take such Forces into his Castle at Warwicke, as he shall think necessary for the Defence of the Public Magazine there; and that they shall be paid out of the Subscription-monies of that County, and that he be desired to advance the Subscriptionmonies there."
Ordered, That this House agrees with the House of Commons in this Vote, and Orders the same accordingly.
Letter from the Committee at Hull, to the Speaker of the H. C.
"We made bold to inform you how the Condition of your Affairs stood here, by several Posts; which we hear are intercepted as they came-down; the last, by Mr. Leggat, we hope, came to your Hands. We are here in a very good Condition; the King's Forces that block us up from Victuals are small and inconsiderable, not above Two Thousand Five Hundred Horse and Foot; so that, if any Force had been sent down, we might before this Time have scattered them all: The Town is plentifully provided of Provisions of all Sorts: Here is this Day Two Ships come into the Road, from my Lord of Warwicke. Captain Pigott did the other Day very remarkable Service; a Vessel that was carrying Ordnance and Ammunition from Paul, in Holdernes, unto Lyncolneshire Side, with Intent there to plant his Ordnance, and so no Ship should have been able to pass: Three of the Guns he hath taken aboard; the other Things, with the Vessel, he hath sunk. Captain Moyer is likewise very diligent in his Charge; and, with long Boats and Ketches, doth so scour the River, that the Cavaliers are glad to ride about. Upon Sunday last, he took Two Passage Boats upon the River, in which were divers Gentlemen of Quality, some of which were going to meet the King at Newarke, and there to fulfil His Commands, whatsoever they were, as we believe. One Gentleman there was well known to some of the House: His Name is Captain Horner; his Father is a Som'settshire Man, and he was Captain to Sir Jo. Conyers's Horse Troop. He professed, his Business in this Country was to a Lady that he is to marry; and that he was going back to his Father, and never had a Hand in any Business that concerned the Parliament; so that he hopes he shall have your Consent for his Liberty: For the other, you know in what Capacity such Men pretend to serve the King, and so the House may consider it accordingly. The King, we hear, is gone to Newarke; and then it is said He will for Lyncolne; the Reason may easily be guessed, they have in Bravadoe burnt off some Mills that belong to the Town, which, as we hear, are like to cost my Lord of Newport his Life in a Ditch, his Horse taking Scare at the Ordnance. Sir, we are here no Committee; for our Fourth Man, Mr. Warton, cannot get the Five Mile ridden yet. The Business may be better done without us, so that we shall desire the House that we may be discharged from hence, and put upon some Employment where we may do them better Service; for the Business here will be nothing but great Brags. The Townsmen that are well affected stand with Chearfulness to the public Defence; the rest we have in Treaty to be gone. Sir, we will take up your Time no longer, but to let you know we shall ever remain,
Your Friends and Servants,
Hull, 13 July, 1642.
Jo. Hotham. Peregrine Pelham.
"Sir, We think we have killed a great many these Three last Nights. If the Business be worth staying, we desire you would (fn. 3) send us a Fourth Man, although, for your Service, we have made a Shift with Three."
Sir John Hotham's Letter to Sir Philip Stapleton.
12 July, 1642.
"We are (fn. 4) now here debarred from all Manner of Means of sending to you by Land; and a Necessity there is we should hear from you. We have not so much of your Money as will pay Monday next, much of the Two Thousand Pounds you Ordered remaining still at London; my Son, to whom it was delivered, having not been able to find Means to return it. Our Charge is now more than Five Hundred Pounds a Week, having much increased our Numbers by entertaining most of the Town into Pay, who, for the Generality, we conceive, are now very firm to us, being much incensed for the burning of their Mills, and for this new Plot Yesterday discovered to us, of a certain Design they had, that, (fn. 5) whilst some of their Party in the Town should have fired Houses in divers Parts in the Town, thereby to have diverted our Soldiers from the Defence of the Wall, they should have fallen on with all their Force: This, being in due Time discovered to us, we have as yet, Thanks be to God, prevented. If some speedy Course be not taken, you will suffer. We have these Two Nights been in Watch upon the Walls; and I think, with our Ordnance, done some considerable Hurt amongst them. My Lord Newport escaped drowning narrowly; and, as we hear, they were in some Misorder. We hear you are sending down more Men to us; which if you do, then you will conceive the Charge must increase. I shall earnestly intreat you will not forget nor delay it. I have always professed, without the Soldiers paid, I cannot, I may not, keep them together. Violence and Rapine, or feeding them up with Falsehoods, lies not in my Way; some of which, the Soldiers being not paid, must follow and be used. Some Provisions of Corn and Butter taken up for Ireland (Necessity forcing us) we have stayed here, the Merchant having undertaken to provide as much elsewhere, you paying him the Money; we shall send you by the next a Particular, the Time being with us so active, that I have not Leisure to dispatch that yet. There is come into the Road Two Ships, The Sampson and The Josselyne. Captains Moyer and Pygott have done extraordinary good Service, and helped us much. I desire some Expressions may come from Parliament of the Acceptance thereof; and that neither of these may be sent for away, being that they are now acquainted with this River, and the best Means of clearing it. They have mounted some Pieces of one Side of the River, and have endeavoured to do the like upon the other Side; but have, by Captain Pigott, been prevented, who hath, after Eighty Shot of Great Ordnance, taken Three of their Pieces. Moyer brought in Four Gentlemen of Quality, Troopers, with Eleven good Horses. I pray, with all Expedition dispatch; for I conceive all your Business, as far as it may have Relation to the Defence of this Town, is your quick sending down Money, and in some such Quantity as we may not be upon a Hazard of disbanding, if any Mischance should stay your Money. Sir, God assisting, there shall nothing be wanting on my Part, of the Discharge of that Trust you have imposed upon me, so far as you shall enable
Your most affectionate Servant,
The Affidavit of Richard Chapman, the Messenger.
Affidavit of the Orders of Impeachment being left with Mr. Hastings, Sir John Bale, and others.
I, Richard Capman, left the Orders of Impeachment, bearing Date the 9th of July 1642, one for Sir John Bale, which I left with One of his Servants on Tuesday the 12th of July; and the Order for Sir Richard Hawford, on the same Day, with Two of his Servants, being informed neither of these Knights were at Home. Upon Wednesday, I left the Order of Impeachment at Mr. Pate's House for him, being likewise informed that he was not at Home; but I was informed that he was by others of his Servants; and, after my departing the House, the Order was by One of his Servants thrown after me in the Yard. I left the Order to Mr. Hastings with himself, who did receive it, and told me the King his Master had commanded him to yield no Obedience to it, or Words to that Effect, but to wait upon his Place; giving threatening Speeches to the Messenger who did formerly attach him, that it should be the worst Service that ever he was upon, or Words to that Effect. I left the Order with him on Thursday the 14th of July. By me,
The Lord Kymbolton was appointed to be Speaker this Afternoon.
Adjourn until 10a hora cras Aurora, Dominis sic decernentibus.