Lunæ, 20 Maii, 13 Caroli.
ORDERED, That the Matter upon the Petition of
the Mayor, Aldermen, Bailiffs, and Part of the Commonalty of the Borough of Northampton, touching the
Return for that Borough, which stands referred to the
Committee of Privileges and Elections, be taken into
Consideration, by the said Committee, the first Cause,
To-morrow; and that the same be reported to this
House the next Day after: And the Sheriff is to have
notice to attend according to his former Order.
A Bill enabling Sir Anthony Browne to sell Lands for
Payment of his Debts, was this Day read the First time.
Resolved, That this Bill be read again the Second time
on this Day Sevennight, being the Twenty-seventh of
May Instant: And such Persons as are concerned therein, are, in the mean time, to have notice thereof.
Ordered, That the Bill, now brought in, to enable the
Sale of some of the Lands of William Milward Esquire,
for Payment of some of his Debts, be read To-morrow
Ordered, That the Bill, now brought in, for preventing
Abuses in dying of Silk, be likewise read To-morrow
Upon the Petition of Thomas Hunt Esquire, and John
Hunt Gentleman, his Brother;
Ordered, That a Bill enabling them to sell Part of
their Lands for Payment of their Debts, be brought in
and read To-morrow Morning.
Serjeant Charlton made Report from the Committee
of Privileges and Elections, touching the Election of
George Evelin Esquire, and Thomas Morrice Esquire, returned as Burgesses for Haslemore, in the County of Surry,
by one Indenture; and James Gresham Esquire, and Challoner Chute Esquire, returned by another Indenture; and
the Opinion of the Committee, that the Inhabitant Freeholders have only Voice in Election; and that the said
Mr. George Evelin, and Mr. Thomas Morrice, had the
Majority of Voices, and were duly elected, and ought to
A Petition of James Gresham Esquire; and another
of Michaell Welland Esquire, and John Baldwin; touching the same Matter; were now read.
Resolved, That this House doth agree with the Committee, that the Inhabitant Freeholders there have only
Voice in Elections; and that the said Mr. George Evelin,
and Mr. Thomas Morrice, had the Majority of Voices;
and were duly elected; and ought to sit in this House as
Burgesses for the said Borough of Haslemere.
And the said Mr. Serjeant Charleton further reporting,
from the said Committee, that the Bailiff of Haslemere
said, that, if they had but five Voices, he would have
returned Mr. Chute and Mr. Gresham; and that it lay in
his little Pate to return whom he pleased:
Resolved, That the Serjeant at Arms attending this
House do bring the Bailiff of Haslemere in Custody to
the Bar of this House, To-morrow Morning, to answer
his Misdemeanor in making the Return for the said
Borough, and to amend the Return of the Writ.
Instrument of Government, &c.
Ordered, That, of the Committee hereafter named, Sir
Richard Lloyd, Sir Robert Atkins, Sir John Goodricke,
Sir Phillip Warwick, Sir Solomon Swale, Serjeant Charleton, Mr. John Vaughan, Mr. Goodrick, Mr. Lowther,
Mr. Hussey, who are appointed to look into the Journals
of the Long Parliament, and to make Search for that
traiterous Writing, called, The Instrument of Government, and to peruse the Journals, and to see a true
Copy of the Instrument or Writing, called, The Solemn
League and Covenant, to be written, and annexed to the
Order which is to be carried up to the Lords, any Three
do make a Quorum.
Securing the King's Person, &c.
The Bill for securing and preserving his Majesty's
Person and Government against treasonable and seditious
Practices and Attempts, being ingrossed, was this Day
read the Third time:
And, upon the Reading thereof, this House took into
Consideration a Proviso to be added thereunto: And
Ordered, That Mr. Serjeant Maynard, Mr. Solicitor
General, Mr. Serjeant Charleton, Mr. Serjeant Keeling,
and Mr. Swinfein, should withdraw into the Speaker's
Chamber, and pen the said Proviso: And adjourned the
further Consideration thereof till To-morrow Morning.
Leave of Absence.
This House being informed, that John Grubham How
Esquire, one of the Knights of the Shire for the County of
Glocester, had urgent Occasions to go into the Country;
Ordered, That the said Mr. How have the Leave of
this House to go into the Country, about his Occasions.
Sir J. Morley.
Mr. Secretary Morrice delivered a Message from his
Majesty to this House; That his Majesty's Desire was
that Sir John Morley's Miscarriages might be laid upon
the score of his Infirmities; and that he might be restored to the good, Opinion of this House, and to his
Lords desire a Conference.
A Message brought from the Lords, by Sir William
Child and Dr. Wolrich;
Mr. Speaker, The Lords desire a present Conference
with the Members of this House, touching a Message
they received this Morning from his Majesty.
And, they being withdrawn.
This House agreed to the said Conference.
And the said Messengers being called in again, Mr.
Speaker gave them this Answer;
This House hath agreed to the Conference forthwith,
in the Painted Chamber.
And then Ordered the Earl of Ossery, Mr. Vicechamberlain, Mr. Secretary Morrice, Sir William Compton, Sir Phillip Warwick, Sir John Holland, and Sir
George Reeve, to manage the Conference.
Solemn League and Covenant.
The Lord Falkland reports from the Lords, that he
had carried up the Order to the Lords concerning the
Burning of the Covenant; and that the Lords would
send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Mr. Secretary Morrice reports from the Conference
had with the Lords, a Letter to his Majesty from the
Estates of Parliament in Scotland; which his Majesty
had sent to the Lords this Morning: Which they had
delivered to him to be communicated to this House;
and was now presented by him to this House: Which
Letter followeth in these Words:
For the King's most Sacred and Excellent Majesty.
Most Sacred Soveran,
THE many and great Blessings which this Your
Majesty's ancient Kingdom does now enjoy, under the
Administration of Your Royal Authority, and the Deliverance they have thereby from the Miseries, Pondage,
and Tyranny, of those Twenty-three Years Troubles,
have so ravished the Spirits of all your good Subjects
with Joy and Admiration, that, in a Sense of their by-past
Failings, and present Duties, we are obliged, in Discharge
of our Consciences and Trust, to assure Your Majesty,
that this Kingdom doth conceive it their Happiness,
above other Nations, to live under the Government and
Protection of so religious, so wise, and so gracious a
Prince; and will be zealous, that the Returns of their
Duty and Allegiance shall be suitable thereunto; being
ready, at all Occasions, to hazard their Lives and Fortunes
in the Maintenance of Your Majesty's Authority and
Government, in its present Constitution; and in every
other Thing, that may concern Your Majesty's Royal
Power, Prerogative, and Greatness; by which alone the
Liberties, Freedom, and just Interest, of Your People
can be secured.
And since Your Majesty hath been pleased to declare
Your gracious Acceptance of our weak, but faithful
Endeavours, which we are obliged unto, in Discharge
of that Duty we owe to God, and to Your Majesty,
and for vindicating of the Honour and Justice of that
glorious Martyr, Your Royal Father, and our native
and dread Soveran of blessed Memory, we are thereby
encouraged, as Your great Council, to represent to Your
Majesty, that we conceive it necessary, for Your own
Honour, for the Advancement of Your Service, and for
securing a firm and lasting Peace to Your People, that
Two hundred Horse, and some Foot, for the necessary
Garisons, be kept on Pay; and that, beside these, there
be a Militia of some Troops, settled upon confiding
Persons, in the several Counties of the Kingdom.
And it is our humble Desire, that, for the further
endearing the Affections of Your People, and for completing of their Happiness by Your Confidence in them,
Your Majesty may be pleased to order, that all the Forces
to be made use of within this Kingdom may consist of
Natives; and that all other may be removed.
And, because many of our late Troubles were occasioned, either by the too much Countenance given to
disaffected Persons, who employed the Royal Favours,
and Crown Revenues, bestowed upon them, for keeping
up those Troubles, or by the Unstreightness of some
publick Ministers, we are confident Your Majesty will
have special Regard, in the dispensing of Favours and
Trusts, to such as have been and are faithful to the
Royal Interests; which will be a great Satisfaction to
the Generality and Body of this Kingdom, who are so
loyal and affectionate to Your Majesty's Interest, as
there is no Reason either to fear or flatter any who are
And, that Your Majesty may have the more full
Account of our Actings, and of the Condition of this
Kingdom, and Your Affairs in it, we have, with the
Allowance of Your Commissioner (whose Loyalty, Prudence and Faithfulness, in this his Trust, and in a more
full and legal asserting of the Royal Power, than in any
Age formerly, doth (much above what we are able)
recommend him to Your Majesty's special Favour, made
Choice of the Earl of Glencairne, Your Chancellor,
and the Earl of Rothes, President of Your Council, who
have been eminently instrumental in Your Service here,
to wait upon Your Majesty; and do humbly recommend
them, and their Employment, to Your favourable Acceptance; expecting such a gracious Return, as may be
an Establishment to Your Majesty's Authority and Service, and an Encouragement to all honest Men; and,
among them, to
Your Majesty's most Humble, most Faithful,
most Obedient Subjects and Servants,
The Estates of Your Parliament of Scotland.
Edinburgh, 24 April 1661.
And the said Letter being read;
Ordered, That the same be taken into Consideration
on Monday next.
And then the House adjourned till Eight of the
Clock To-morrow Morning.