Die Lunæ, 8 die Februarii.
PRAYERS, by Mr. Sedgwickee
Domini præsentes fuerunt:
Comes Manchester, Speaker.
Answer from the H. C.
Doctor Aylett and Doctor Heath return with this Answer:
That the House of Commons agrees in the Ordinance
concerning Gouldsmithes Hall. (Here enter it.)
And to the Pardon to the Western Prisoners.
(Here enter it.)
Sale of the E. Rivers's Goods stayed.
Upon reading the Petition of the Earl Rivers: It is
Ordered, That there shall be a Stop made of the Sale
of his Goods, which are bought by one Ridges, a Broker
in Long Lane, untill the Parliament shall further Order
the disposing of those Goods, when the Earl hath finished
Letters from the Commissioners with the King.
A Letter from the Earl of Pembrooke, &c. was read,
with a Cypher of a Letter. (Here enter it.)
Committee to discover the Cypher.
It is Ordered, That it is referred to the Earl of
Lyncolne, and the Earl of Warwicke, and the Lord
Wharton, to endeavour to discover the Cypher.
Laurence & al. committed for a Disturbance at Streatham, released.
This Day Humphry Lawrance, Wm. Reade, and Rich.
Bent, were brought to this Bar; and, upon their Submission, and an Admonition given them for their better
Behaviour for the future, which they promising, they
were released from the present Imprisonment.
Ordered, That Humphrey Lawrance is hereby disabled from keeping an Alehouse any more.
Clothiers, &c. of Gloucester, Petition for a Reparation from the E. of Northampton, for dispoiling them with his Forces.
Upon reading the Petition of the Clothiers and Carriers of the County of Gloucester; complaining, "That
(fn. *) he, with his Troops and Soldiers, issued forth to
seize, take, and spoil from them, Cloths and other
Commodities, to their great Impoverishing: Therefore desired Reparations from the said Earl, for their
several Losses and Damages."
It is Ordered, That the Earl of North'ton shall have
a Copy of this Petition, and return his Answer thereunto within Ten Days.
Declaration concerning the Commissioners for Sequestrations at Goldsmiths Hall.
Ordered, That it is referred to the Earl of Kent,
Earl of Warwicke, Earl of Mulgrave, Lord North, and
Lord Wharton, to draw up a Declaration, to be printed
and published, upon the passing of the Ordinance concerning Gouldsmithes Hall, and report the same to this
Petition from the City.
Next, was read the Representation of the Commons
of the City of London.
Declaration about the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall.
The Lord Wharton reported a Draught of a Declaration concerning the Commissioners at Gouldsmith
Hall; which being read, was Ordered to be printed,
and published in the same Manner as the Declaration
of the First of February was. (Here enter it.)
Message from the H. C. with Ordinances, &c.; and to remind the Lords of the following Particulars.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons,
by Mr. Robert Reynolds, &c.
To desire Concurrence in divers Orders and Ordinances.
2. To put their Lordships in Mind of an Order formerly brought up, for Mr. Bence to be One of the
Commissioners of the Navy.
3. To put their Lordships in Mind of some Reasons
offered at a late Conference, concerning a Declaration
concerning Gouldsmithes Hall.
4. To communicate a Letter to their Lordships,
which was taken by Captain Willoughby, coming out of
Ireland, directed to Monsieur Tillier at Paris.
The Answer returned was:
That this House will take the several Particulars of
this Message into Consideration, and will send an Answer by Messengers of their own.
Judges, &c. to go the Circuits.
The Question being put, "Whether Serjeant
Clarke shall go this Circuit for Lyncolneshire:"
It was Resolved in the Affirmative.
Ordered, That it is referred to the Commissioners
of the Great Seal, to transpose the Names of the
Judges and others that are to go Circuits, that they
may not go Circuit in their own Countries; and present
the same to the Houses.
Ordinance for all Officers, Civil and Military, to take the Covenant.
Resolved, upon the Question, That an Ordinance shall
be brought in, by a Committee, to this Purpose, "That
all Persons who are, or shall be, employed in any
Offices or Places of Trust, Military or Civil, within
this Kingdom, shall take the solemn League and
And these Lords following were named:
Any Three, to meet To-morrow Morning, at Nine
of the Clock; and afterward to adjourn from
Time to Time as they shall think fit.
Ordinance to be drawn up in Pursuance of the Answer to the Scots.
Ordered, That it is referred to this Committee
to draw up an Ordinance in Pursuance of the Three
Votes made upon the Declaration of the Parliament of
Scotland, and to report the same to this House.
Ordinances concerning the Propositions about Religion, and the Militia.
Ordered, That these Lords following shall prepare
Ordinances in Pursuance of the Propositions for Matters
of Religion and the Militia, and present the same to this
Any Three, to meet when they please.
Ordinance to empower the Commissioners at Goldsmiths Hall to settle Sequestrations, and compound for Delinquencies.
"Be it Ordained, by the Lords and Commons in Parliament assembled, That Phillip Earl of Pembrooke
and Mountg'mery, Robert Earl of Warwick, Theophilus
Earl of Lincolne, Bazill Earl of Denbigh, Edward Earl
of Manchester, James Earl of Middlesex, Edward Earl
of Mulgrave, Henry Earl of Stanford, Phillip Lord
Wharton, Francis Lord Willoughby, Dudly Lord North,
William Lord Gray of Wark, John Lord Roberts, William Lord Maynard, Edward Lord Howard of Escrig,
Members of the Lords House of Parliament; Sir
Henry Vane Junior, Oliver St. John Esquire His Majesty's Solicitor General, Denzill Hollis Esquire, Sir
Anthony Irby Baronet, Mr. Gurdon, Sir Arthur Hesilrig, Mr. Henry Darley, Mr. John Ash, Mr. John Stephens, Mr. Boyse, Mr. Robert Reynolds, Mr. Cornelius
Holland, Mr. Robert Jenner, Sir Gilbert Gerrard Baronet, Sir Nathaniell Barnardiston, Sir John Yongue, Sir
Thomas Soam, Mr. Thomas Hatcher, Mr. John Trenchard,
Mr. Dennis Bond, Mr. John Browne, Mr. Alderman
Pennington, Mr. Edward Ash, Mr. Alderman Hoyle,
Mr. John Blackiston, Mr. Roger Hill, Mr. Francis
Allen, Mr. Robert Goodwin, Sir John Clotworthy, Mr.
John Salway, Members of the House of Commons;
Sir David Watkins Knight, Mr. Richard Bateman,
Mr. Christopher Pack, Mr. John Oldfeild, Mr. Samuell
Moyer, Mr. William Tompson, Mr. Richard Shute, Captain Richard Venner, Mr. Geo. Tompson, Mr. Lawrence Bringley; or any Seven of them, whereof Three
to be Members of Parliament, are hereby Commissioners, to sit at Gouldsmiths Hall, for compounding
with Delinquents, and to act according to the several
and respective Ordinances or Orders already made by
both or either of the Houses of Parliament concerning the Committee at Goldsmiths Hall: And be it
further Ordained, by the Authority aforesaid, That
Richard Wareing and Michaell Herring are appointed
Treasurers, to receive all such Sums of Money as shall
be paid in by or for any Delinquent; and shall not
issue out any Monies to be charged upon such Compositions without the Order or Ordinance of both
Houses of Parliament: And it is lastly Ordered and
Ordained, That the said Commissioners have Power
to suspend the Sequestrations of such Delinquents as
shall compound with the said Commissioners; and that
such Suspensions as have been already made (fn. *) by the
Committee at Gouldsmiths Hall shall stand good, the
Delinquents having paid the Moiety of the Fine compounded for, and given Security to the said Commissioners for Payment of the Remainder of such Fine,
according to such Proportion as shall be set by both
Houses of Parliament: Provided, That every such
Person so compounding do pay the Remainder of his
said Fine, and sue forth his Pardon under the Great
Seal, within Six Weeks after his Composition shall be
allowed by both Houses of Parliament; or otherwise
the Suspension to be void."
Declaration concerning it.
"Whereas the Lords in Parliament assembled did,
upon the First of this Instant February, order that
a Declaration should be printed and published, wherein, amongst other Things, it was Declared, That the
Committees of the several Counties of England and
Dominion of Wales ought not to obey any Order, for
the taking off or suspending any Sequestrations, until
a Committee or Commissioners for that Purpose should
be settled by Ordinance of Parliament: And whereas
since that Time there is an Ordinance passed, upon
the Sixth of this Instant February, giving Power to
certain Lords and Commoners, Members of Parliament,
with some others therein named, to be Commissioners,
to sit at Gouldsmiths Hall, for compounding with Delinquents, and to act according to several Ordinances
or Orders made before the Date of the said Ordinance by both or either of the Houses of Parliament
concerning the Committee at Gouldsmiths Hall; and
that the said Commissioners should have Power to suspend the Sequestration of such Delinquents as should
compound with the said Commissioners; and that such
Suspensions as have been already made by the Committee at Gouldsmiths Hall shall stand good: Now the
said Lords in Parliament assembled (for the preventing any Scruple that may arise by reason of the said
Declaration) do (upon the Settlement made in this
Business as aforesaid by both Houses) think fit to Declare, That the Committees in the several Counties,
and all others whom it may concern, do give Obedience to the said Ordinance, and every Part thereof."
To be published.
Ordered, by the Lords in Parliament assembled,
That this Declaration be printed and published; and
that the Sheriffs, or their Under-sheriffs, shall take care
to carry down several printed Copies of this Declaration; and that they be delivered unto the several
Committees for Sequestrations within the Counties of
the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales, who
are to take Notice hereof accordingly.
Letter from the Commissioners with the King, that He is at Durham;-with a Paper in Cyphers, which they observed the King give Mr. Murray; and that the Russia Company want the King to write to the Emperor of Russia.
"For the Right Honourable the Earl of Manchester, Speaker of the House of Peers pro Tempore.
"Upon Monday last there fell out an Accident, whereof we think it very fit to give you this Account.
One Mr. Mungoe Murrey, formerly His Majesty's
Servant, but never in Arms, was permitted by us to
take his Leave of the King in the Presence Chamber,
and, being called aside, had a Paper put into his
Hand by His Majesty; which being observed, upon
Examination he denied it not, but willingly suffered
the said Paper to be taken out of his Pocket, wherein
were written some Lines all in Cyphers, and directed
to be by him delivered to the French Agent. Hereupon, though by his own earnest Protestation, and
by his Ingenuity in not denying it, we had Reason to
believe that he was surprized by the King, and although we had no express Power of Imprisoning
contained in our Instructions; yet, for deterring others
from the like Boldness, and for the preventing of Inconveniencies, we thought fit to take upon us to commit him: But the Earl of Lothian giving a very good
Testimony of him, and undertaking for his Appearance at the Command of the Parliament, and considering in all Likelihood he had no Foreknowledge of
His Majesty's Intentions, or any other Design therein,
we thought fit, after Two Days Imprisonment, to release him, upon Condition to render himself when and
where you shall appoint. The King came this Day
from Newcastle to Duresme, where He arrived by Two
of the Clock in the Afternoon; and the Reason why
we take not long Journies is, to avoid such Inconveniences as possibly might befal us in travelling
late in the Evening. Some of the Muscovia Company
have importuned us for Leave to move His Majesty,
for a Letter in His Name to the Emperor of Rushia,
the Effect whereof is here inclosed: They alledge it
to concern their Trade very much, and to be no
other than what hath been permitted in like Case to
the Turky Company. But we have referred them to
your further Directions; which shall be also observed
Duresme, 3 Feb. 1646.
Pembrook & Mountg.
"We send your Lordship here inclosed the
Copy of the Cypher we took from Mr.
Substance of a Letter which the Russia Company wants the King to send to the Emperor of Russia.
"The Company of Merchants trading to Russia
have prepared a Letter to be sent from the
King's Majesty to that Emperor; the Contents whereof are,
"An Excuse of His Imperial Majesty's Messenger
not having Access to the King, by reason of the Hostility in this Kingdom.
"To condole the Death of the late Emperor.
"To congratulate the happy Enthronement of His
Son the present Emperor.
"To desire a Continuation of the ancient League
and Amity betwixt the Two Crowns.
"To desire the Re-settlement of the ancient Privileges
formerly enjoyed by the English Nation.
"To recommend the Person of Spencer Bretton, now
Resident at the Emperor's Court, to be Agent there,
until His Majesty shall send His Ambassador.
"This Letter being the same in Substance which
the Parliament have expressed by Two several
Letters to His Imperial Majesty; the Company
humbly desires that the King's Majesty will be
graciously pleased to sign the same."