DIE Lunæ, 24 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Stirry.
Ds. Grey de Warke, Speaker.
L. Viscount Say & Seale.
Copley, E. of Mulgrave's Servant, Privilege.
Upon reading the Petition of John Copley, a menial
Servant to the Earl of Mulgrave; shewing, "That he
is arrested, by Two Serjeants at the Mace, at the
Suit of one Shipp, a Taylor, contrary to the Protection of the Earl of Mulgrave, and the Privilege of
Parliament:" It is Ordered, That the said Copley
shall presently be released from his present Imprisonment,
and enjoy the Privilege of Parliament; and the said
Shipp and Nic. Walgrave, and John Emms, Serjeants,
shall appear before this House, to answer the said Arrest, the Protection being shewed to them before the
States Ambassadors Audience.
The Speaker acquainted this House, "That The States
Ambassadors sent to him this Morning, and desired
him to let their Lordships understand, that they have
something to communicate to this House, of great
Importance; and they desired to have Audience this
And, after Debate, whether they should have Audience now or at some other Time, it was Resolved,
upon the Question, That The States Ambassadors shall
be admitted to have Audience now, as they desired.
And The States Ambassadors being come in the Little
Lobby Chamber, the House Ordered they should be
conducted into this House, by the Gentleman Usher attending this House; but none of their Attendants to
be present, but their Secretary.
They being come, they delivered what they had to
propound by Word of Mouth in French; and afterward
the Effect was delivered in Writing by them, and read
by their Secretary in English.
This being done, they departed; and the House commanded the said Paper to be read. (Here enter it.)
The Petition of Anthony Weldon, a Prisoner in Newgate, was read, and laid aside.
Message to the H. C. about the Paper delivered by The States Ambassadors.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
Mr. Serjeant Whitfield and Mr. Serjeant Fynch:
To communicate the Paper received this Day from
The States Ambassadors; and to let them know, that
this House conceives the said Paper may be of dangerous Consequence; and that their Lordships do desire
that the Consideration thereof may be referred to the
Committee of both Kingdoms, and they to report to
both Houses what they conceive of it.
Thanks to the Lords who negotiated at Uxbridge.
The Speaker, by the Directions of the House, gave
the Lords Commissioners that treated at Uxbridge (being this Day returned) Thanks for their great Pains
and Care expressed in the Business of the Treaty.
Paper from The States Ambassadors, concerning the Treaty at Uxbridge, between the King and the Houses.
"We have heretofore, as well particularly as in public, demonstrated the High and Mighty Lords our
Lords The States Generall of the United Provinces
their great Desires and sincere Endeavours, they constantly continue, that, in a happy Hour, they might
see a good Accommodation, betwixt the King and
His Parliament, and Peace re-established in these
"And your Honours, by your Professions by Word
of Mouth, and of late given unto us in Writing the
10th of December last past, have not only testified that
the said Desires and sincere Intentions of our Lords
and Superiors were very acceptable unto you; but
also you added, that your Honours did judge the said
Accommodation and desired Peace did as highly
concern those that make Profession of the true Protestant Religion, and in particular our Lords and Superiors.
"All these Motives, suppeditated by Your Honours
and our Duties, have continually wrought in us a
very great Care, to fix an Eye upon His Majesty's Proceedings and Yours, and now lately upon the
Conference and Treaty that at present is in Hand at
Uxbridge, where His Majesty's and your Commissioners
labour (as we hope) with Utility to obtain a so much
"We must also say, that, at our being at Oxford,
we have received the Honour, that His Majesty hath
ordered to communicate unto us all the Passages of
that Conference; and, by the one and the other, we
have observed in the First Place, that His Majesty
above all Things desireth an Accommodation with
your Honours, and that His Majesty entirely inclines
to give all Manner of Content, and Assurance of His
Affection in all Things which are just and honourable.
"In the Second Place, we are informed, That, by
the Answer to the Propositions of your Honours touching the Point of Church Government, the Personal
Excesses that may have been committed heretofore
were not to be feared for the future.
"Thirdly, That, if in the Form of Government itself, and the Exercise thereof, and the Jurisdiction therein comprehended heretofore, any Thing was to be
excepted against; your Honours can judge if that
be not prevented, by Means of those Offers His Majesty hath made to that End.
"And notwithstanding, Sirs, we have seen that the
Point of Church Government was yet behind and
without Accommodation; wherefore we have been
moved to consider more exactly how your Honours
in this Point might desire any other or further Satisfaction; and we are obliged to say, that this Consideration is fallen out so well, that His Majesty hath
declared unto us, and permitted us to communicate
unto you, that, if your Honours are not contented
with that which He hath offered by His Commissioners at Uxbridge unto yours there, that His Majesty is out of Abundancy (fn. *) contented that a Na
tional Synod may be called and assembled, and thereunto the Deputies of all other Protestant Churches
of Europe invited, for their Advice, which Synod
shall examine all that which concerns the Point of
Religion in the said Government of the English Church,
that might be contrary to the Word of God, whether
in Part or in general; that His Majesty is contented
to correct and redress it accordingly; and by that
Means, as by a common Consent of all those that
make the same Profession of Faith and Religion, to
put a good End to all these present Distractions.
"Delivered by their Excellencies the Lords Ambassadors of the High and Mighty States
Generall of The United Provinces, unto the
House of Peers assembled in the Parliament of
England at Westm. the 24th of February, 1644,
House adjourned till 9a cras.