DIE Veneris, 17 die Januarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Burges.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Mrs. Nicholson's Petition, for a Maintenance out of the Living of Stapleford Tawney.
Upon reading the Petition of Mary Nicholson;
shewing, "That the Parliament having formerly sequestered her Husband from the Parsonage of Stapleford Tawny, in the County of Essex; she desires she
may be allowed the Fifth Part, for her Maintenance."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That the Orders
mentioned in the Petition shall be produced, and then the
House (fn. *) will further consider of the Business: And it is
further Ordered, That Information be given to this
(fn. *) House, whether the Incumbent that the Parliament
put in be alive now or not.
Second Answer to the King, about the Treaty.
The Second Answer to the King was read, and the
List of Names; and this House Agreed to the Answer
and the List, only Two Names, videlicet, Mr. John
Foulkes and Mr. Ja. Russell, and their Attendants; because their Lordships know not in what Capacity they
go, who are neither Members of Parliament, nor Attendants to (fn. †) them.
And a Message was sent down to the House of Commons, by Dr. Aylett and Dr. Heath; who communicated to them the Papers, with their Lordships Sense
Report of an Answer to The States Ambassadors.
The Lord Admiral (fn. †) reported, "That the Committee that treat with The States Ambassadors
have thought of an Answer to be returned to
them to their late Papers, which Answer was commanded to be read. And this (fn. †) House approved of
it; and Resolved, To communicate this to the House
of Commons; and to let them know, that their Lordships think it fit that it be delivered to the Ambassadors from both Houses, by Two Lords and Four
Commoners, and desire their Concurrence therein."
Ordinance for Dr. Love to be Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.
An Ordinance was read Twice, for settling Dr.
Love to be Master of Trinity College, in Cambridge, during his Life.
And this Ordinance was committed to the Consideration of the (fn. †) Lords following:
Any Four to meet.
Committee to examine a Man about Libels in his Possession.
Upon Information to this House, "That the Company of the Stationers have found out a Person, who
had in his House divers scandalous Books and Pamphlets, and a Letter for Printing; the Letter thereof
is very like the Letter of the Libel against the Peers."
Hereupon the House appointed the Lord General,
the Lord Admiral, Earl of Kent, and the Lord North,
or any Two of them, to examine the said Person, now
in Custody, concerning the said Libel.
Message to the H. C. with the Answer to be delivered to The States Ambassadors; and with the Ordinance concerning Compositions in the Court of Wards.
A Message was sent down to the House of Commons,
by Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Serjeant Fynch:
To deliver to them the Answer to be returned to
The States (fn. ‡) Ambassadors, and desire their Concurrence
therein; and, if they agree to it, that (fn. †) they would appoint Four of their Members, to join with Two Lords,
to deliver the same to The States Ambassadors Tomorrow in the Afternoon.
2. To deliver to them the Ordinance concerning
the Court of Wards, and desire their Concurrence
Tew, in whose Possession Libels were found, committed for Contempt.
The Lord Admiral reported, "That they examined
the Person about whom the scandalous Books were
found, and (fn. ||) the Committee can get no Discovery out
of him; therefore the Committee think it fit he be
committed by this House for his Contempt, and that
he may be forth-coming; and that the further Examination of the Business, both concerning what he
knows touching the Authors, Dispersers, and Printing of these Books, and what he knows touching the
scandalous Libel, and concerning the Letter for
Printing which is found in his Custody, may be referred to Mr. Justice Reeves, and Mr. Justice,
who are to report the Examinations to this House;
and the Stationers are to attend the Judges, and give
them the best Information they can."
Hereupon this House Ordered, That Tew, for his
Contempt to this House, shall be committed to The
Fleete; and that the Judges do examine him this Afternoon, and the Stationers to attend the Judges.
Answer from the H. C.
Dr. Aylett returns with this Answer from the House
That they will send an Answer, by Messengers of
their own, concerning the Treaty.
Message from thence, that they agree to the Answer to the King and the List of Attendants.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Denzell Holles Esquire:
To let their Lordships know, that they agree in the
Answer to be sent to the King, and the List of Names,
excepting One Word, ["given"] instead of the Word
["sent"], in the Answer to the King. (Here enter them.)
And this House Agreed to them.
Answer to The States Ambassadors.
"To the First, That the Parliament of England
have already given such an Answer to that Proposition of the Lords The States Generall of the United
Provinces, by which they make Offer of their Interposition for Peace, as they hope will give unto
them full and ample Satisfaction, being such as the
Condition of their Affairs would admit; and, as
they professed it then, so is it still their Sense, to
set a high Estimation upon the great and good Affection of those High and Mighty Lords, so manifestly expressed to them.
"To the Second, The Proposition made concerning
Restitution of Ships, and Damages, was found to
concern either the Public Interest of the State, or
the Private Interest of particular Men: Those of
the First Kind were, upon Debate, out of the Respect to the said States General, ordered to be restored, when, for aught appears to the contrary, Execution hath been accordingly had; and for Damages
to those, it was Ordered, That, the Damages being
proved by a legal Proceeding in the High Court of
Admiralty, the Parliament would liquidate and see
Payment to be thereof made.
"For those of the Second Sort, The Houses hold
fit that the Parties Complainants have free Liberty
to prosecute their Interests in the High Court of
Admiralty of England for such as have not been
already sentenced, or by Way of Appeal for such
as have been adjudged there; wherein the Houses,
taking Notice of the Request delivered by the Ambassadors, will give Command that Right shall be
done, according to the Rules of Justice.
"To the Third and Fourth, That touching the Freedom of Commerce, and the Revocation of the Ordinance; both Houses of Parliament, finding they
are Matters of very great Consequence, have the
same under a serious Consideration, and will in a
convenient Time resolve upon that which shall appertain to Justice."
Further Answer from both Houses and the Scots Commissioners to the King, about a Treaty for Peace.
"May it please Your Most Excellent Majesty,
We, Your Majesty's humble and loyal Subjects,
the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament
of England at Westm. and the Commissioners of the
Parliament of Scotland, do make our further Answer
to Your Majesty's Message of the 13th of December
last, 1644, concerning a Treaty for Peace, as followeth:
"We do consent that there be a Treaty for a safe
and well-grounded Peace, between Your Majesty
and Your humble and loyal Subjects assembled in
the Parliaments of both Kingdoms; and, for the
present, have appointed Algernoone Earl of Northumberland, Phillip Earl of Pembrooke and Mountgom'y, William Earl of Salisbury, Bazill Earl of
Denbigh, Thomas Lord Viscount Wenman, Denzell
Holles, William Pierrepoint, Sir Henry Vane Junior,
Oliver St. John, Bulstrod Whitlock, John Crew,
Edmond Prideaux, for the Lords and Commons assembled in the Parliament of England at Westminster;
and John Earl of Loudoun Lord Chancellor of Scotland, Archibald Marquis of Argyle, John Lord Maytland, John Lord Balmerino, Sir Archibald Johnston,
Sir Charles Erskyn, George Dundas, Sir John Smith,
Mr. Hugh Kennedy, and Mr. Robert Barclay, for the
Estates of the Parliament of Scotland, together
with Mr. Alexander Henderson upon the Propositions
concerning Religion; who, or any Ten of them
(there being always some of the Parliaments of both
Kingdoms), are appointed and authorized to meet at
Uxbridge, on what Day Your Majesty shall be pleased
to set down, before the last Day of this present
January, with such Persons as Your Majesty shall
appoint under Your Sign Manual for that Purpose;
and the Number of the Persons to treat not to exceed Seventeen on either Part, unless the Persons
named for the Estates of the Parliament of Scotland,
now not here, nor any of them, shall come; and
then Your Majesty may have the like Number, if
You please; there to treat upon the Matters contained in the Propositions we lately sent unto Your
Majesty, according to such Instructions as shall be
given unto them; and the Propositions for Religion,
the Militia, and for Ireland, to be first treated upon
and agreed; and the Time for the Treaty upon the
said Propositions for Religion, the Militia, and for
Ireland, not to exceed Twenty Days: And for the
Things mentioned in Your Message to be propounded
by Your Majesty, when the Persons sent by Your
Majesty shall communicate the same to the Committees appointed by us as aforesaid, we have directed them to send the same to us, that they may
receive our Instructions what to do therein; and to
the End that the Persons that are to be sent from
Your Majesty and from us, with their Retinue, not
exceeding the Number of One Hundred and Eight
on either Part, may repair to Uxbridge, stay there,
and return at their Pleasures without Interruption,
that mutual safe Conducts be granted to the said Persons, according to the several Lists of their Names.
"Signed by Order of
the Lords and Commons assembled in
the Parliament of
England at Westminster.
Signed in the Name, and
by the Warrant, of the
Commissioners of the
Kingdom of Scotland."