DIE Veneris, 1 die Novembris.
PRAYERS, by Dr. Staunton.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
The humble (fn. *) Petition of the Lord Pagett, directed
"To the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament,"
[ (fn. †) was read,] as followeth:
L. Pagett's Petition, to be received into Favour.
"That the Petitioner, being so unhappy as to be
misled, hath contracted to himself a great Measure
of Guilt, and justly merited your highest Displeasure; yet he rather chose to render himself to your
Mercy with the Loss of the main Part of his Fortune, which is since destroyed by the Power of the
Enemy, than to enjoy it and be out of your Protection, or longer to continue where the Design is
carried on violently against our Religion and Laws,
and the Security of both the Power and Privilege of
Parliament, by a factious and ill-affected Party, that
would build up their own Ends and Fortunes by the
Ruin and Destruction of the Public. These Considerations resolved your Petitioner to renounce their
Society, to return and prostrate his Life and Fortune at your Feet; humbly desiring your Honourable Pardon, and to be received into your Favour;
and be fully assured, that it is his only Ambition,
with all Zeal and Constancy, faithfully to serve you,
and to obey all your Commands, and pray for the
happy Success of all your great Councils and Armies,
at Home and Abroad.
Ordered, That this Petition be sent to the House
of Commons, with the Lord General's Letter to this
House concerning the Lord Paget.
Message to the H. C. with it.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Serjeant Fynch and Mr. Page:
To deliver to them the Lord General's Letter, and
the Lord Pagett's Petition.
L. Powis to be brought to London.
Ordered, That the Governor of Stafford do give
Order, That the Lord Powis be brought to London,
in safe Custody, as a Prisoner, and brought hither;
and those that bring him up are to give all Respects
and Accommodations, in regard of his Age and Infirmity.
Answer from the H. C.
The Messengers return with this Answer to the Message sent to the House of Commons:
That they have taken the Lord Pagett's Petition
Message from thence, with a Letter from Newcastle; and with Orders, &c.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Sir Thomas Witherington and others:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in divers Particulars:
1. A Letter was read, dated from Newcastle, Octob.
22, 1644, from Sir Wm. Armyne and Rob't Fenwick,
to the Speaker of the House of Commons.
(Here enter it.)
2. An Order to leave Sir John Morley to be tried
by the Course of War. (Here enter it.)
Read, and Agreed to.
3. An Order to refer to the Committee of both
Kingdoms the Consideration of the settling the Affairs
and Government of Newcastle. (Here enter it.)
4. An Order for paying One Hundred Pounds to
the Lady Drake. (Here enter it.)
5. An Order to pay One Hundred Pounds to Alexand. Bartley, in Part of his Arrears. (Here enter it.)
6. To desire Concurrence, that Alexander Standish
of Duxbury may be a Deputy (fn. *) Lieutenant for Lanchashire. (Here enter it.)
7. An Order to pay Two Hundred Pounds to Sir
8. An Ordinance for appointing a Judge of the
Prerogative Court of Cantcrbury.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will send an Answer, to the Ordinance for appointing a Judge of the Prerogative Court
of Canterbury, by Messengers of their own. To all
the rest of the Particulars, this House (fn. †) agrees.
Next, these Letters, brought from the Committee
of both Kingdoms by the Lord Wharton; were read,
as followeth; subscribed by the Lord Sancleir and Sir
Wm. Armyn. (Here enter them.)
Letter concerning Sects, &c. sent to the Assembly.
And it is Ordered, That that Letter concerning the
Sects and Factions be presently communicated to the
Assembly of Divines, by the Lord Admiral and the
Earl of Pembrooke.
Justice Mallet released on Parole, to procure his Exchange for Sir John Temple.
This House being informed, "That Justice Mallet
cannot procure any Security to be bound with him:"
It is Ordered, That he (fn. *) be brought to this House
on Monday Morning; and, upon giving his Word faithfully to this House, that he will render himself, in
case he cannot procure Sir John Temple to be exchanged,
he shall have Liberty to go into the King's Quarters,
to procure his Exchange.
Wharsingers, &c. about going through Palace Yard.
This Day the King's Counsel on the Behalf of the
King, and the Counsel of the Wharsingers, were heard;
and Witnesses produced on both Sides were heard; and
this House will take the Business into Consideration
some other Time.
Letter from the Committee at Newcastle, to have the Mayor punished, and about disposing of some Places there.
"In our last, we gave you an Account of the taking
Nawcastle, by Assault, the 19th of October, which
we hope is come to your Hands ere this. The Mayor
and the rest in the Castle have rendered themselves
into the Hands of his Excellency the Lord General
Leven; and we hope, by the Help we shall receive
from you, and the further Directions of the House,
the Town may be put in a better Frame than ever it
hath been. His Excellency the Lord General Leven
is exceeding careful to do all that is just and honourable; and though the Town was won by Assault, yet
there is as much remaining to tell you the contrary as
ever was in any Town taken by Storm. This Day
the proud and insolent Mayor and the rest of his
Fellows, according to the Submission as above, cante
forth of the Castle; and the People in the Town
were ready to tear the Mayor in Pieces, having now
discovered how much he had deluded them, and what
Miseries he had brought them to. We earnestly
desire the House would be pleased to think of some
exemplary Punishment upon this wicked Mayor; otherwise all their Friends will be disheartened, and their
Enemies still encouraged to upbraid them to their
Faces; and the Blood and Loss of so many Men,
besides the Undoing of many of the poorer Sort of
the Inhabitants of this Town through his wicked
Government, will cry up to Heaven against us. We
desire the House may be put in Mind, that honest
and deserving Men may be employed about the Custom-house here. There is one Mr. Charles Mitford,
that was Water Serjeant for these many Years, and
of late was interrupted in his Office by the Power of
the Mayor; and there is one Mr. John Mettam lately
dead, who was Collector of the Customs here, by Patent
from the King, during Life. We desire to recommend Mr. George Fenwicke, who hath suffered very
much, and been long banished from his Home in the
Town of Newcastle, if the House and the Commissioners for the Customs have not otherwise disposed
of that Place.
"We send you here inclosed the Letters and Answers which have passed from the Committees of both
Kingdoms and the Mayor of the Town of Newcastle;
and that hath passed from his Excellency the Lord
General, Sir Henry Gibbe, or Mr. Henderson the General's Secretary, hath in a Readiness to shew; and,
in regard of the Haste, we could not have Copies of
"Sir Henry Gibbe hath endeavoured to perform all
good Offices, both for the Country People and the
Army; of which we have been Witnesses, and desire that particular Notice may be taken thereof.
"Thus, desiring to hear from the House, and to receive their Commands in particular concerning the
Town of Newcastle, we rest
"Your humble Servants,
Newcastle, October 22, 1644.
"For our Honourable Friend,
William Lenthall Esquire,
Speaker of the House of
Sir John Morley to be dealt with according to the Course of War.
"Ordered, by the Lords and Commons assembled
in Parliament, That it be signified to the Commissioners of both Houses by Way of Answer to that
Particular of the Letter concerning Sir John Morley,
That the Houses have thought fit to except Sir John
Morley from all Mercy and Pardon; and do therefore appoint and direct that he may be proceeded
with according to the Course of War."
Settlement of the Affairs at Newcastle.
Ordered, That it be referred to the Committee of
Lords and Commons appointed to treat with the Scotts
Commissioners, who are likewise to confer with the
Committee for the Northern Affairs, to consider what is
fit to be done for the Settlement of the Affairs and Civil
Government of Newcastle, to the best Advantage of
the State; and to present their Opinions to the Houses.
Order for 100 l. to Lady Drake.
"It is this Day Ordered, by the Lords and Commons, &c. That the Committee of Lords and Com
mons for Advance of Monies at Habberdashers Hall
do forthwith advance and pay unto the Lady Ellen
Drake One Hundred Pounds, for her Support in her
great Necessities, being despoiled of all her whole
Estate for her good Affections to the Parliament."
Order for 100 l. to Colonel Bartley.
"The like Order to that Committee, to pay to Sir
Gilbert Gerrard, Treasurer at Wars, One Hundred
Pounds, forthwith to be paid unto Colonel Alexander
Bartley, upon Accompt, towards the Discharge of
the Arrears due unto him, for his Entertainment in
the Service of the Parliament, who is come to
Town wounded in this last Fight near Newbury."
Order for 200 l. to Sir Robert Harley.
"Whereas it was Ordered, by the Commons assembled in Parliament, That Sir Robert Harley, a
Member of the House of Commons, should be paid,
out of the Monies at Habberdashers Hall, One Thousand Pounds, by him mentioned to be lent towards the
Supply of the Army raised for the Defence of the
King and Parliament, wherein the Concurrence of
the Lords was desired; but, before that was obtained, the said Sir Robert Harley received Eight
Hundred Pounds, out of the Proeeed of Wire sold
at Habberdashers Hall: It is therefore this Day
Ordered, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament, That Two Hundred Pounds of the Monies
at Habberdashers Hall be forthwith paid to Sir Robert Harley; and the Committee of Lords and Commons for Advance of Monies, that sits at Habberdashers Hall, are desired to take Care and give Order
that the said Sum of Two Hundred Pounds be forthwith paid to the said Sir Robert Harley accordingly."
Letter from the Committee of both Kingdoms at Newcastle, about sequestering some Coal Estates there, to pay the Army; and recommending Sir H. Gibbs Reparation.
"My Lords and Gentlemen,
"It hath pleased God to give the Town of Newcastle into our Hands by Assault, after all Ways and
Means were used to reduce the Inhabitants thereof
unto the Obedience of the Parliament, as may appear by the Letters and their Answers here inclosed.
It rests now, we should give all Glory and Praise
unto God, for His great Blessing, in putting an End
to this Siege; howbeit at a very dear Rate, by the
Loss of many good Officers and Soldiers; and that
we may make the best Use we can of this Opportunity, to supply the Army with Maintenance, and
so much of their Pay as can be gotten: To that End
we have thought sit to represent unto you, that the
Coals in this Place, if rightly ordered and managed,
will help very much; and therefore we desire that
the Coals now above the Ground may be made Use
of, for the Benefit of the Army and their Pay; and
that, if we have any Friends that have suffered in
our Cause, that may claim Interest in the Coals already gotten, that, according to their Condition and
Merits, they may have Satisfaction for their Parts,
out of the Delinquents Collieries, and that only of
such Coals as shall hereafter be gotten out of them.
We write this the rather, because, after the Committees of both Kingdoms had, upon mature Deliberation, settled a Course at Sunderland for the Coals,
with which the House of Commons was acquainted,
and hearing nothing from them to alter that Way
we were in, we did continue it until Order and some
Votes came from the House about the 15th of July
last, which were very much in Favour of the Coal
Owners, but little for the Army; the Cause thereof
we suppose was, the Coal-masters did solicit their
own Business, and brought it to a Conclusion, before any were heard either on our Parts or on the
Behalf of the Army; which we now desire to prevent, and doubt not of all your Assistance therein, as
Occasion shall offer itself, either to the Parliament or
any of their Committees. As for the Particulars of this
great Victory, we have desired Sir Harry Gibbe, One
of our Number, to acquaint you therewith; in whose
Behalf we do also intreat your Lordships to give your
best Assistance, that the Order of the House of Commons made in his Favour, concerning the Reparation
of his Losses, may have its effectual Execution.
"Signed in the Name, &c.
Letter from L. Sinclair there, about settling Church Government, and expediting the Propositions for a Peace.
"We know no better Use you or we can make of
the great Success wherewith it hath pleased God to
bless our Attempts against this Town, than to make
it evident to the World that Truth and Peace are the
utmost of our Desires and Designs; for this Purpose,
we must uncessantly renew our former Desires to
you that, all other Affairs whatsoever set aside, you
will so far take to Heart the settling of Matters of
Religion, the Worship of God, and Government of
His House in this Kingdom, as you may, in your own
and our Names, become earnest Solicitors with the
Assembly of Divines, to put that Business to a Period; and with the Parliament, that where the Foundation is laid by the Assembly, their Authority be not
wanting for the compleating of the Work. No
greater Encouragement than this can come to the
Hearts of all those that are engaged in this Cause
with you; nor can any Means be so powerful to remove those great Prejudices raised against our Cause,
by the Abundance of Variety of Sectaries, Separatists, and Schismatics, living amongst us, to the great
Scandal of the Gospel, and Professors thereof. This
being done, we may with the greater Confidence expect a Blessing upon our Endeavours for Peace; for
which as no Success can alter our Desires, so we are
confident you are using all Expedition possible for
expediting your Propositions thereof, that they may
be dispatched to His Majesty, whose favourable Acceptance is earnestly prayed for thereunto, by
"Your affectionate Friends and Servants,
Newcastle, 23 October, 1644.
"Sinclare, J. P. D."