Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 6, 1643. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1767-1830.
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DIE Sabbati, videlicet, 30 die Decembris.
Lords present this Day:
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
Forrett versus Phillips.
Upon reading the Petition of David Forrett against Fabian Phillips: It is Ordered, That Mr. Doctor Heath shall bring in the Depositions taken by him in this Cause by Tuesday next come Sevennight; at which Time Publication thereof shall be made, unless the said Phillips shall shew Cause to the contrary.
Smart's Petition, for his Son Ogle to have his Liberty to assist him in his Cause.
Upon reading the humble Petition of Peter Smart; shewing, "That, in regard of his Son Ogle's Absence, by his Imprisonment, he cannot prosecute, or prepare for the Hearing of his Cause, which is shortly to be in this House; therefore he humbly beseecheth their Lordships, that the Keeper of Winchester House may be commanded to suffer the said Ogle to go abroad with a Keeper until the Day of Hearing, and that he be present thereat."
Ordered, That this House grants the Prayer of this Petition.
Conference to prepare a Letter to the Lord General, to be ready to assist Sir William Waller.
The Earl of Northumb. reported to this House, That whereas this House referred the Consideration of Sir Wm. Waller's Letter to the Committee for the Safety, how he may be supplied with Forces to withstand the Forces under Hopton; the Committee are of Opinion, That the Garrison of Newport Pannell being settled, that the best Way will be to send to the Lord General, to draw his Forces into these Parts, that so he may be in a Place convenient to assist Sir Wm. Waller upon all Occasions:" Which Consideration this House approved of.
Ordered, That the Earls of Northumb. and Sarum, and the Lord Wharton, shall presently make a Draught of a Letter to be sent to the Lord General, from both Houses, and to desire the Concurrence of the House of Commons therein.
These Lords withdrew; and being returned, the Earl of Sarum reported, "That the Committee have drawn a Letter, to be sent to the Lord General, from both Houses, to be signed by the Speakers of both Houses."
The Letter was read; and it being put to the Question, it was Resolved, That this House agrees to this Letter.
Message to the H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by Sir Edward Leech and Mr. Page:
To desire their Concurrence in the Letter to be sent to the Lord General; and that it may be signed by the Speakers of both Houses.
Deputy Lieutenants for Sussex.
Ordered, That Hall Havenscroft, Tho. Middleton, Wm. Michelborne, Anthony Fowle, Henry Shelley, Harbert Hay, John Baker, Lawrance Ashbornham, John Busbridge, and Peter Farndon, Esquires, are hereby nominated and approved of, to be Deputy Lieutenants for the County of Sussex.
Ordered, To send to the House of Commons, to desire their Concurrence therein.
Assessment of the Assistants of this House.
Ordered, That the Committee formerly appointed for the assessing of the Assistants of this House, according to the Ordinance of Parliament for the Twentieth Part, shall meet on Wednesday Morning next, and take into Consideration the assessing the Assistants of this House; and if any of the Assistants have any Thing to offer in Behalf of themselves, they may be then heard.
Papers concerning Scotland.
Ordered, That this House will take into Consideration the Papers concerning the Business of Scotland; on Monday Morning next.
Sir Clipseby Crewe; a Pass.
Ordered, That Sir Clipseby Crewe Knight shall have a Pass, to transport himself into France, with such Necessaries as are convenient for him.
Letter from both Houses to the Lord General, to advance his Army towards Windsor, to be ready to assist Sir William Waller.
"May it please your Excellency,
"There is Advertisement come from Sir William Waller, giving Notice of the Preparation the Enemy makes to relieve Arundell Castle, and the Necessity that there is of his present Supply; the Mischief which will else follow upon the whole Kingdom is easily to be foreseen: It is therefore desired that your Excellency will forthwith remove that Way with your Army, to Windsor, or to such other Place as you shall judge convenient, leaving Newport Pagnell as well secured as the present Occasions will permit: Both Houses conceive it so absolutely necessary, that any Delay will be dangerous. This being all we have in Charge to recommend to your Excellency's Care, and your Zeal for the Public Service, we take our Leave, and rest
"Your Excellency's Humble Servants."