Die Lunæ, videlicet, 30th of May.
The Lord Wharton was appointed to sit as Speaker
Ships with the Magazine from Hull arrived in the River.
Fo Warrant to be given for receiving it at The Tower.
The Lord Admiral signified to the House, "That
his Lordship hath received a Letter from the Earl of
Warwicke, brought by the Captains that were sent to
Hull for the convoying of the Magazines, which are
brought to The Tower of London; and the Captains
desire that they may be discharged:" To that Purpose,
moved, "That a Warrant may (fn. *) be given, for receiving
the said Magazine at The Tower."
For the Captains of the Ships to be thanked for their Conduct.
His Lordship further offered to the Consideration of
this House, "Whether it were not fit to have the Captains called in, and to have Thanks given for their
Care and Readiness to perform the Commands of the
Parliament concerning the Magazine; and whether it
were not fit to propound to the House of Commons,
for some Gratuity to be given to the Captains and
Soldiers that brought up the Magazine from Hull."
Thanks given to Captains Driver and Swanley.
The Two Captains (videlicet, Captain Driver and Captain Swanley) were called in; and had Thanks given
them, in the Name of the House, by the Speaker, for
their Fidelity and Care in bringing the Magazines from
The House Resolved, To have a Conference with
the House of Commons, to acquaint them herewith.
Message to the H. C. to acquaint them with it, and about the Propositions to be sent to the King.
A Message was sent to the House of Commons, by
the Master of the Rolls and Doctor Ayliffe:
To desire a Conference, touching some Demands or
Propositions to be presented to the King; and touching
the Arrival of the Magazine from Hull.
Lord Keeper's Petition.
Next, a Petition of the Lord Keeper was read, in hæc
(Here enter it.)
This to be considered of further hereafter.
After this, the Speaker acquainted the House, "That
he hath received a Letter, directed to the Speaker of
the House of Peers;" which the House commanded
to be read, in hæc verba:
Letter from the King, with a Message in Answer to the Petition of both Houses for disbanding His Guard.
Right Trusty and Well-beloved, We greet you
well. Our Will and Command is, That you receive,
and forthwith read in Our House of Peers, to be afterwards communicated to Our House of Commons,
Our Message inclosed, being in Answer to the Petition of both Our said Houses (presented to Us at
Our City of Yorke the 23d of this Month, with Three
Votes of the 20th), concerning the disbanding Our
Guard; and for so doing, this shall be your Warrant.
"Given at Our Court at Yorke, the 26th of May,
(Here enter the Message.)
Ordered, That Copies may be delivered forth of the
Depositions that were brought in this Day by Auditor
The Messengers return this Answer:
Answer from the H. C.
That the House of Commons will give a present
Meeting, as is desired.
E. of Peterborough excused.
Ordered, That the Earl of Peterborough is excused
for his Absence this Day.
Osbalstons, King's Servants, Privilege.
The Petition of Tho. Osbalston and Symon Osbalston
was read; shewing, "That they, being the Servants in
Ordinary to the King, are arrested, contrary to the
Privilege of Parliament."
The Effect of the Conference was:
Subject of the Conference.
To let the House of Commons know, that the
Lords have prepared certain Propositions, or Demands, which, if the House of Commons consents to,
are to be sent to the King, thereby to let all the World
see, that the Parliament seeks nothing but the Good
and Peace of the King and Kingdom.
"And further, that this House conceives that the
Captains and Seamen, who have brought the Magazine from Hull, have expressed great Diligence in the
Voyage, with much Duty and good Affection to the
Parliament: They do therefore think fit, that this
Care of theirs should be taken Notice of, not only
by verbal Expressions, but that, by some Gratuity,
they and others may be encouraged to the same Obedience upon the like Occasions."
The House was adjourned during Pleasure, and the
Lords went to the Conference; which being ended, the
House was resumed.
Message from the H. C. with an Order for raising Voluntiers for Ireland.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Oliver Cromewell:
To desire their Lordships Concurrence in an Order
for some Lords, and divers others, to beat a Drum, for
the raising of Voluntiers, for the Service of Ireland.
(Here enter the Order.)
Entered poslea with Additions.
Whereas the Forces of Horse and Foot, Voluntiers, which shall be sent over into Ireland by Force
of an Act made this present Session of Parliament,
intituled, "An Act for the speedy and effectual reducing of the Rebels in His Majesty's Kingdom of
Ireland to their due Obedience to His Majesty and
the Crown of England," may, by virtue of the same
Act, be raised by the Direction of the Lords and
Commons in Parliament assembled: It is therefore
Ordered, by the said Lords and Commons, That additional Forces, of One Thousand Soldiers, Voluntiers, besides Officers, shall and may be forthwith
raised, for the said Expedition; and that, for the
better effecting thereof, the several Commanders hereafter named; videlicet, the Right Honourable Robert
Lord Brooke, Baron of Beauchamp, Commander in
chief, the Right Honourable Alexander Forbes, Baron
of Castle Forbes, John Humphries, Serjeant Major,
Captain Beaton, Captain Nicholas Crispe,
Captain Wm. Weldon, Captain Hugh Price, Captain
Wm. Hull, Captain Longe, Captain John
Anderson, and their several Lieutenants, Ensigns, and
other Officers, shall and may have Liberty to beat
up Drums, in all Places within the Kingdom of England and Dominion of Wales, and thereby or otherwise to raise and levy so many Soldiers, Voluntiers,
as shall suffice to make up unto every of the said Captains One complete Company of One Hundred Foot,
besides Officers, to be employed in the foresaid Service."
To be considered of To-morrow.
Answer to the H. C.
The Messengers were called in, and told, "That
their Lordships will send them an Answer, by Messengers of their own, in convenient Time."
Lords at York.
Mr. John Pyckeringe, upon Oath, declared what Lords
he met going to Yorke, and did see at Yorke:
E. of Monmouth.
E. of North'ton.
E. of Sarum. He heard he was sick a-bed.
E. of Devonshire.
|L. Dunsemore, at York.
L. De Grey.
These Lords to be sent for.
Ordered, That these Lords shall be sent for, to appear here the 8th of June next; or else this House will
proceed to Judgement against them, according to their
Message from the H. C. to put the Militia in Execution in several Counties.
A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by the Lord Grey of Groby:
To desire to give Order, That the Militia may be
put into Execution in the Counties of
||This is referred to the Committee for putting the Militia into Execution.|
and with a Letter and Papers from the Committees at York.
2. To communicate to (fn. *) their Lordships a Letter, and
certain printed Papers, which they have received from
their Committees at Yorke.
Militia to be put in Execution.
The Lord Brooke, Lieutenant for Warwickeshire, informed the House, "That the Militia will be put into Execution in that County on Tuesday come Sevennight."
The Earl of Stamford said, "He would go down
about it whensoever this House will command him."
Letter from the Committees at York.
1. The Letter was read, dated the 29th of May, 1642.
(Here enter it.)
Habeas Corpus for an Ensign imprisoned there.
Ordered, That a Habeas Corpus shall be sent, for
the Ensign that is imprisoned at Yorke.
Proclamation to prevent the Trained Bands arming themselves.
2. A Proclamation was read, to forbid the Trained
Bands to put themselves into Arms, &c.
(Here enter it.)
Message from York in Print.
3. A printed Book, containing the Message sent this
Morning from Yorke.
Answer to the H. C.
The Messengers were called in, and told, "That the
Militia shall be put into Execution in those Counties
as they have desired, with all Expedition."
Petition of Northumberland.
A Petition was presented, in Behalf of the County of
Northumberland, which was read, as follows:
(Here enter it.)
Thanks to the Petitioners.
The House, by the Speaker, returned Thanks for
their Care and Affections expressed in this Petition;
and their Lordships will take their Petition into speedy
Lord Keeper's Petition.
To the Right Honourable the Lords assembled
The humble Petition of Edward Lord Littleton,
Keeper of the Great Seal,
That, in his Person, he is very willing to submit
to your Lordships Order of the 23d of this Instant
May, so far as is possible for him to perform; he being in so weak a Condition of Body, as appears by
the Affidavit annexed, that he is not able to travel
at present towards Westm. without Danger of his Life:
And further beseecheth your Lordships to be informed of this Truth, That Saturday last, about Two of
the Clock in the Afternoon, was the First Time that
he ever heard of his going to Yorke, when he received His Majesty's Command, under His Sign
Manual and Privy Signet, to take his Journey immediately, without Reply or Delay, towards Yorke, and
to keep the same secret, whereunto he was enjoined
upon his Allegiance and Fidelity, and other Obligations; which he taking into Consideration, with his
Oaths formerly taken, conceived he was bound in
Conscience to do it, and doth humbly beg your Lordships Pardon for not asking Leave, which he could
not possibly do, the House not sitting till Monday, and
himself enjoined to take his Journey instantly: And
he further taketh the Boldness to inform your Lordships, that the King's Majesty hath expressly commanded him, upon his Allegiance, not to depart from
Him: And lastly, beseecheth your Lordships to continue him in your good Opinion, until he shall advise
or consent unto any Thing against the Public Good
of the Commonwealth; and he shall daily pray for
your Lordships Increase of Happiness.
Peaker's Affidavit of the Lord Keeper's Illness.
Tobias Peaker, Servant to the Lord Keeper, maketh
Oath, "That, upon Monday Night last, being the 23d
Day of this Instant May, he conceived that his said
Lord would then have died; and that he is at the
present troubled with divers Infirmities and Diseases,
so that he is not able to travel, without endangering
The King's Message, in Answer to the Petition of both Houses.
We cannot but extremely wonder, that the causeless Jealousies concerning Us, raised and somented by
a malignant Party in this Kingdom, which desires
nothing more than to snatch themselves particular
Advantages out of a general Combustion (which
Means of Advantage shall never be ministered to
them by Our Fault or Seeking), should not only be
able to seduce a weak Party in this Our Kingdom,
but seem to find so much Countenance even from
both Houses, as that Our raising of a Guard (without further Design than for the Safety of Our Person, an Action so legal, in Manner so peaceable, upon
Causes so evident and necessary) should not only be
looked upon, and petitioned against by them, as a
causeless Jealousy, but declared to be the raising of a
War against them, contrary to Our former Professions
of Our Care of Religion and Law: And we no less
wonder that this Action of Ours should be said (in
a very large Expression) to be apprehended by the
Inhabitants of this Country as an Affrightment and
Disturbance to Our People, having been as well received here, as it is every where to be justified; and
(We speak now of the general, not of a few seduced Particulars) assisted and sped by this Country
with that loyal Affection and Alacrity as is a most
excellent Example set to the rest of the Kingdom,
of Care of Our Safety upon all Occasions, and shall
never be forgotten by Us, nor (We hope) by Our
Posterity; but shall be ever paid to them in, that
which is the proper Expression of a Prince's Gratitude,
a perpetual vigilant Care to govern them justly, and to
preserve the only Rule by which they can be governed, the Law of (fn. *) the Land: And We are confident,
that, if you were yourselves Eye-witnesses, you would
see so the contrary, as to give little present Thanks,
and hereafter little Credit, to your Informers: And
if you have no better Intelligence of the Inclinations
and Affections of the rest of the Kingdom, certainly
the Minds of Our People (which to some Ends and
Purposes you represent) are but ill represented to
Have you so many Months together not contented
yourselves to rely for Security (as your Predecessors
have done) upon the Affections of the People, but,
by your own single Authority, raised to yourselves
a Guard (and that sometimes of no ordinary Numbers
and in no ordinary Way); and could not all those
Pikes and Protestations, that Army on one Side, and
that Navy on the other, persuade Us to command
you to disband your Forces, and to content yourselves with your ordinary (that is no) Guard, or
work in Us an Opinion that you appeared to levy
War against Us, or had any further Design? and
is it possible that the same Persons should be so apt
to suspect and condemn Us, who have been so unapt
in the same Matter (upon much more Ground) to tax
or suspect them? This is Our Case, notwithstanding the Care and Fidelity of Our Parliament: Our
Fort is kept by armed Men against Us, Our proper
Goods first detained from Us, and then, contrary to
Our Command, by strong Hand, offered to be carried
away (in which at once all Our Property as a private
Person, all our Authority as a King, are wrested
from Us); and yet for Us to secure Ourself in a legal
Way (that Sir John Hotham may not, by the same
Forces, or by more raised by Pretence of the same
Authority, for they say he raiseth daily some, and
We know it no new Thing for him to pretend Orders
that he cannot shew, continue the War that he hath
levied against Us, and as well imprison Our Person
as detain Our Goods, and as well shut Us up in
Yorke as shut Us out of Hull) is said to be esteemed
a Cause of great Jealousy to the Parliament, a raising
War against them, and (fn. †) of Danger to the whole
Kingdom; while these Injustices and Indignities offered to Us are countenanced by them, who ought to
be most forward in Our Vindication and their Punishment, and in Observation of their Oaths, and of
the Trust reposed in them by the People, and to
avoid the Dissolution of the present Government:
Upon which Case the whole World is to judge,
whether We had not Reason not wholly to rely upon
the Care and Fidelity of Our Parliament, being so
strangely blinded by malignant Spirits as not to perceive Our Injuries, but to take some Care of Our
own Person, and, in Order to that, to make Use of
that Authority which the Laws declare to be in Us:
And whether this Petition, with such a threatening
Conclusion, accompanied with more threatening Votes,
gives Us not Cause rather to increase than diminish
Our Guards, especially since We saw, before the Petition, a printed Paper, dated the 17th of May, underwritten Henry Elsing, Cler. Dom. Com. commanding (in the Name of both Lords and Commons)
the Sheriffs of all Our Counties to raise the Power
of all those Our Counties, to suppress such of Our
Subjects as, by any of Our Commands, shall be drawn
together, and put (as that Paper calls it) in a Posture
of War; charging our Officers and Subjects to assist
them in the Performance thereof, at their Perils:
For though We cannot suspect that this Paper, or
any bare Votes not grounded upon Law or Reason,
or Quotations of repealed Statutes, should have an
ill Influence upon Our good People, who know their
Duties too well not to know that to take up Arms
against those who upon a legal Command (that is,
Ours) come together to a most legal End (that is,
Our Security and Preservation) were to levy War
against Us, and who appear in this County (and We
are confident they are so throughout the Kingdom)
no less satisfied with the Legality, Conveniency, and
Necessity of these Our Guards, and no less sensible
of the Indignities and Dangers (which makes it necessary) than We are Ourself; yet, if that Paper be
really the Act of both Houses, We cannot look upon
it but as the highest of Scorns and Indignities, first,
to issue Commands of Force against Us; and, after
those have appeared useless, to offer by Petition to
persuade Us to that which that Force should have
"We conclude this Answer to your Petition with
Our Counsel to you, that you join with Us in exacting Satisfaction for that unparalleled and yet unpunished Act of Sir John Hotham's; and that you
command Our Fort and Goods to be returned to Our
own Hands; that you lay down all Pretences (under
Pretence of Necessity, or declaring what is Law) to
make Laws without Us, and by Consequence but
a Cypher of Us; that you declare effectually against Tumults, and call in such Pamphlets (punishing the Authors and Publishers of them) as seditiously endeavour to disable Us from protecting Our
People, by weakening, by false Aspersions, and new
false Doctrines, Our Authority with them, and their
Confidence in Us; the Particulars of which Tumults
and Pamphlets We would (long since) have taken
Care that Our Learned Counsel should have been
enabled to give in Evidence, if, upon Our former
Offer, we had received any Return of Encouragement from you in it. And if you do this, you then
(and hardly till then) will persuade the World that
you have discharged your Duty to God, the Trust
reposed in you by the People, and the fundamental
Laws and Constitutions of the Kingdom, and employed your Care and utmost Power to secure the
Parliament (for We are still a Part of the Parliament,
and shall be till this well-founded Monarchy be
turned to a Democracy), and to preserve the Peace
and Quiet of the Kingdom, which, together with
the Defence of the Protestant Profession, the Laws
of the Land, and Our own just Prerogative (as a
Part of, and a Defence to, those Laws), have been
the main End which, in Our Consultations and Actions,
We proposed to Ourself."